He tried to get away from the police officers who were pursuing him, but there was one problem.
When he jumped out of his car, it apparently was still in drive. And then the vehicle struck him.
The man — later identified as Isaac C. Bonsu, 30, of Alexandria — was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was not injured in the incident, according to Fairfax County police.
Police shared the video and described the incident on the department’s Facebook page with the hashtag #FCPDStrangerCalls.
“Our officers tried to pull a man over. He sped off, then got out of his car to escape, but forgot to put it in park. Oops. He got hit by his own car. He’s okay physically, but is charged with DWI — 3rd offense, and a long list of other charges,” the Facebook description reads.
In the video, the man is seen making a turn, then getting out of the car. As he tries to run in front of it, the car strikes him and he falls to the ground.
One person — Brian Sloboda — commented on Facebook: “Does the car get a reward for catching the crook?” Another Facebook commenter, Faith Roberts, wrote: “This is definitely a contender for the Darwin Awards! But still, I hope he’s ok and turns his life around.”
The incident happened about 1 a.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Arlington Drive. A police officer noted that the car Bonsu was driving had an “equipment violation.” Officials did not specify what that entailed.
The officer turned on the cruiser’s lights and siren to pull the driver over. But the vehicle kept going. The driver “eventually stopped his car, got out, and attempted to run away,” police said in a statement.
He was caught after a brief foot chase.
Bonsu also faces charges of hit and run, driving with an open container and possession of marijuana.