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Police say man was in car wreck, stole a Good Samaritan’s vehicle with teen inside

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Raleigh police arrested a man Friday who they say stole a car with a 12-year-old still inside it.

Police say Tony Bridges, 47, was in a car that crashed about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 87, heading north, near Hodges Road. When a driver stopped to help him, Bridges jumped into her car and drove to Knightdale with the driver’s daughter in the the backseat, according to police.

Bridges, of Knightdale, is charged with first-degree kidnapping and larceny of a motor vehicle. Police have not identified the driver of the car that Bridges was a passenger in.

ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner, identified the Good Samaritan as Tasha Dillard.

“In the corner of my eye, I see my car door open, so I immediately turn around. ... I run toward my car,” Tasha Dillard told ABC11.

“He got in the car,” Dillard told ABC11. “I grabbed the doorknob. I was shaking it like, ‘No, my daughter is in the car. My daughter is in the car.’ He just took off down the highway. I chased the car until I passed out because I was running so hard. I was like, ‘No!’”

Bridges parked and abandoned the car near Walmart, leaving Dillard’s daughter unharmed, police said.

ABC11 reported that Dillard’s daughter was on the phone during the incident and “remained calm.”

Raleigh police released 911 calls Friday about the wreck and the kidnapping. An unidentified caller who witnessed the kidnapping appeared frantic when reporting the events that had just transpired.

Tony Bridges' name was misspelled in earlier version of this story.

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Ashad Hajela reports on public safety for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He studied journalism at New York University.
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