- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A 93-year-old Charleston woman says she wasn’t scared when a man stole her son’s car with her inside.

Alma Cadle told media outlets that she was determined to get out. So, she grabbed the wheel and wouldn’t let go.

“I did it real fast like, you know, because I didn’t have time to make decisions. So I had both hands on that wheel and I never let loose of them,” Cadle said.

The man drove several blocks as they struggled with the wheel.

“I said ‘Let me out!’” And he said, ‘I’m going to let you out,’” Cadle said.

The man dropped Cadle off and she went to a nearby church to call her son.

The incident began Sunday morning when Cadle and her son went to a pharmacy. The son went into the pharmacy and Cadle remained in the car, with the keys in the ignition.

“I look up and I see this man and he opened the car door, and he said, ‘can you help me,’ and I said, ‘I don’t have any money,’” Cadle said.

Cadle said the man got into the driver’s seat and began driving.

“When he started backing up and I saw what he was doing and he’d turned the key on immediately, that’s when I reached over and got hold of the steering wheel because I was going to run him into the building,” she said.

Police arrested Jesse Doyle, 38, of Akron, Ohio, following a high-speed chase on Interstate 64 that ended in Huntington.

Doyle faces kidnapping, grand larceny and other charges. He was being held Monday at the Western Regional Jail.

Sunday was Cadle’s birthday. She said the incident was a birthday surprise that she would not like to repeat next year.

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