Melissa Smith was filling her car with gas when suddenly another car pulled up beside hers. A man from that car slipped out and sneakily rushed into the driver’s seat of her car.
But the thief had no idea who he was up against.
“My first reaction was, ‘This is not happening to me today,’” Melissa told Inside Edition.
“I turned around, saw him, ran around to my driver’s side of the car, realized he was attempting to start my car, and hopped right on, grabbed on to my windshield wipers,” she recalled.
The carjacker began to drive. Melissa didn’t care: The adrenaline had begun to kick in.
“He was laughing at me, which really didn’t sit well with me,” she added.
Her persistence paid off. The carjacker realized he was in over his head, got out of her car, slipped back into his accomplice’s car, and called it a day.
Still in drive, Melissa’s driverless car began to roll into the middle of a busy intersection.
“I had the fun task of hopping in my car to stop it before it hit traffic,” she explained.
Afterward, her family wasn’t too happy to learn she’d risked her life, but Melissa says she couldn’t help it; it was her instinct. Luckily, it paid off.
“I really didn’t think about that at the time — it was a split-second decision to do what I did,” she said. “That was my adrenaline-instinct.”