DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - It was the moment during Wednesday's high-speed chase that both horrified and captivated us -- a woman fighting to save her car as the suspect sped away.
But for Zune Wharton, there was nothing captivating about that moment.
"When I saw it, it kind of shook me like, 'What the heck was I thinking?'" said Zune Wharton.
Wharton told 7NEWS she heard about the chase on the news Wednesday morning before she left for work. Still, she didn't realize when she passed by two crunched cars on the shoulder of the highway that she was right in the middle of the chaos.
AIRTRACKER7 video shows Wharton's car near Mt. Belford Avenue and Peoria Street when a gold-colored minivan came from behind.
"I took my eyes off the car behind me and that’s when it hit me and I'm thinking, 'Oh my god, he must have lost control of his car.' The only thing he told me, the only thing I remember from him was, 'You have to get out of the car now.' And then he just pulled me out," Wharton said.
What happened next, happened so fast, Wharton barely had time to react.
"When he pulled me out, I realized he’s jumping in my car, he’s going to take off and instinctually -- I don’t know why -- I tried to grab back on," Wharton said.
It's a move she said she now regrets.
Meanwhile, back at her home, her husband's phone rang.
"I had gotten a call from my dad because he was watching it live at work and he said, 'I think Zune just got carjacked.' He could recognize the car and it looked like her from behind," Mike Wharton said.
Mike Wharton said when he turned on his TV he saw the suspect total his wife's car at the nearby Peoria Street and Lincoln Avenue intersection.
"It was surreal. I couldn’t believe it...The timing, it’s just one of those things, you can’t believe it," Mike Wharton said.
While they are both relieved Zune is OK, they're also frustrated that this could have been prevented had the suspect, Ryan Stone, been locked up in the first place.
"I have no sympathy for people like that," Mike Wharton said. "I think if you're a repeat offender, you should be in jail, not roaming around."
Zune Wharton agreed.
"Put him away forever. I think he's done enough. He's lucky no one died from this," she said.