Four good Samaritans in Strathmore, Canada, were in for quite the shock Saturday night when a man started pounding on their car window.
Around 10:30 p.m., Tess Little Chief, her husband, Kyle Royal, and two friends encountered a man who came up and frantically proclaimed, “Someone stole my truck. It’s right there driving away.” CBC reported.
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But that wasn’t the most terrifying part of the ordeal.
The man then told Little Chief his 5-month-old baby was in the truck’s back seat. A 27-year-old man had reportedly slipped into the truck as the driver was just outside the vehicle and drove away.
Little Chief and the group, with no time to spare, immediately revved up the engine and bolted toward the fleeing truck to save the child.
“As soon as we heard there was a baby inside, and he just threw himself in the vehicle, we just took right off,” Little Chief told CBC.
Watch her explain what unfolded:
The “surreal” chase went on for 40 minutes through traffic at high speeds, with Little Chief, her husband, and friends intent on seeing a positive conclusion to the madness. The faster the man drove away, the quicker they pushed the pedal to keep up.
“[There were some] pretty scary situations where he was fishtailing, and I was worried he would crash with the baby inside,” she said. “[It was] just the ultimate overwhelming feeling of if we lose this baby, the impact that it would have on us would be immense.”
As police became involved in the chase, Little Chief pulled back and continued to follow.
At one point, the man who stole the truck pulled over, took the baby out, and put the child on the side of the road before hopping back into the car and continuing to drive.
Watch as police give the baby back to the family:
A cop quickly came to intercept the child. Fortunately, the baby was recovered safe and sound, but not without some terrifying moments for everyone involved.
The driver was arrested after trying to flee on foot and faces numerous charges, according to the CBC.
Praise the Lord for a positive ending to what could have been a truly tragic scenario.
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