Family says rat caused $30K worth of damage to SUV

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman in Georgia smelled a rat when she saw that her car had been damaged.

A real rat, that is!

Angie Beck says a rat caused $30,000 worth of damage to her 2014 Dodge Durango.

Beck first noticed something was wrong when the straps to her kids' car seats looked like they were holding on by threads.

“The body shop said the wires to the airbag could have let out at any time, so I was basically riding around in a death trap," Beck told WSB.

When technician Jacob Alves started working on the vehicle he saw a rat run out of the SUV. Three days later he was able to capture it.

The rat had chewed through the main engine harness and the battery cables, said Kevin Moreland, the owner of Sugar Hill Auto Collision.

The damage was so extensive that the car was a total loss.

"Been doing this since I was 15 and I've never seen a rat do that much damage to a vehicle," Moreland told WSB.