CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police have identified a man who was seen clinging to the back of a sedan on Interstate-77 last Saturday.
A WSOC viewer sent the video in because she was worried about the situation.
Police in Charlotte have identified the people involved, but are not releasing information at this time.
Officers say a woman was driving on I-77 with two children inside and that the incident started as a domestic dispute when the woman’s boyfriend, “assaulted her by grabbing her arm and pulling her onto the ground” during an argument.
It happened near a shopping center on South Boulevard and Woodlawn.
A witness told WSOC that she was shopping Saturday and saw the woman abandon her car in the intersection, then run to the Payless Shoe Store, begging for help.
The witness said she saw the man later walk away and the woman drove off.
Twenty minutes later, the woman’s white Alero was going up to 55 mph on I-77 northbound.
911 dispatchers could not believe what drivers were seeing.
“He’s riding on the car?” a dispatcher asked. “He’s on the back of the trunk, hanging on,” the caller replied.
Witnesses reported seeing the man break in the back windshield of the car and climb inside.
Police say the car got off near Clanton Road and the woman and the two children walked to a nearby gas station while the man drove away.
The family who sent the video called police and gave them the license plate number of the car, but troopers said that license plate tag did not belong to the white Alero.
The investigation is ongoing.