James Schwerer, 47, drove his white Chevy Suburban to Hy-Miler to buy a pack of cigarettes Saturday at about 7:30 p.m. When he walked outside, he saw his SUV turn on and start to pull away, a Sandusky police report said.
He gave chase, catching up to the vehicle on Roosevelt Street, where he managed to open the passengerside door and partially get inside. He tried to grab the car thief — described as a 40- to 50-year-old black man with a grayish, rough beard — but was ultimately unable to, the report said.
The carjacker sped up and made a hard left turn onto South Larchmont Drive, flinging Schwerer onto the pavement. When officers caught up to Schwerer, his face was bleeding and his hands were cut.
A witness said the thief ran Schwerer over as he made his escape, the report said.
During the struggle, Schwerer’s safe, which was in the passenger seat, fell out of the car as well.
Schwerer could not recall if he left his keys in the vehicle before he went into the gas station.
Sandusky police searched the surrounding areas but never found the Chevy. It was entered into a database as “stolen” and as of Monday evening it had yet to be found.