Justin Koerner thought he was having a bad dream about his SUV being stolen as he slept in the back seat, but a real-life nightmare was unfolding.
The Newark, Del., musician said that he was taking a nap in his Ford Escape on Sunday morning after a jam session when he sensed a person get into the driver’s seat and another sit on his head.
The car pulled away, but Koerner told the Delaware News Journal the thieves got out while it was still moving. He then slipped into the front in a daze to try to stop it, but crashed into someone’s property and either fell back asleep or passed out.
“It was all very surreal,” Koerner said.
When he awoke, there were people around the vehicle yelling "there he is,” and "you're going away for a long time, buddy," and he realized that the bizarre incident had actually happened.
Koerner said the police arrived were skeptical of his account at first, despite him passing a field sobriety test, but then one of them retrieved security footage from a nearby home that showed two men get out of a grey Chevy Suburban and into Koerner’s car, then bail out of it while it was still moving, just as he described.
The footage has not been released as the investigation is ongoing.