Would-be thief attempts to drive car away in the South End as owner clings to its hood

The driver reportedly swerved to try and shake off the car’s owner, but he held on — and escaped without major injuries.

As a man packed items into the trunk of his Volkswagen Passat Monday evening in the South End, police say someone jumped into the driver’s seat, locked the doors, and took off.

The owner of the car then jumped onto the Volkswagen’s hood as the suspect drove, Boston Police spokesperson Sgt. Detective John Boyle said. The driver swerved to try to shake off the car’s owner, but he held on — and escaped without major injuries.

The incident happened around 7:40 p.m. in the  300 block of Massachusetts Avenue and ended when the suspect crashed the vehicle into three parked cars in the 200 block of St. Botolph Street.

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After crashing into the cars, the suspect then reportedly ran toward the MBTA’s Massachusetts Avenue Orange Line station.

The car’s owner was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Boyle. The incident is under investigation.