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PORTLAND, Oregon (KGW) — Police say an Oregon man tried to steal a car right out of a driveway.
What he didn’t expect was the trouble he got from the car’s owner, a former rodeo cowboy who put his skills to good use as he tried to take back his car.
Matt Gumc started the car to warm it up, then he went to do some quick chores.
“I make it 12-14 ft away from the car and I hear the car door slam,” he says.
A complete stranger was in the driver seat.
Gumc knew he had to do something, and fast.
“I came up and got this door open and Im yelling at him he floors it and throws it in reverse and I just grab the door like this and as he took off it drug me down and I was trying to get to my feet,” Gumc recalls.
Gumc, the crook, and the car ended up in the dirt field across the street, but the eventful morning was far from over.
“This is where I got back to my feet and he slammed it in drive and he dragged me down the blacktop because the door was shut on my hands,” Gumc says.
Gumc was dragged 50-feet down the road before he could escape, but there would be no escaping for the car thief.
24-year-old Daryl Rosenau, Jr. crashed the car a few miles away.
A deputy and his canine tracked him down in some nearby weeds.
He was on the run after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
If Matt Gumc takes anything away from the incident, it’ll be that he’ll never warm up his car again.
The suspect is facing a laundry list of charges including theft and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.