- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A southwest Alabama convenience store clerk is hospitalized with critical injuries after jumping onto the car of a fleeing beer thief.

Mobile police said the driver stole multiple cases of beer from a convenience store near downtown on Wednesday morning. Surveillance video shows the driver tossing the beer to a passenger and getting in the car. As the driver was trying to pull away, the clerk jumped on the hood on the driver’s side, wedging the driver’s side door open with his body and fighting with the driver.

The driver swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a second vehicle head-on. A third vehicle rolled over and a fourth vehicle had minor damage.

An employee at the store said the clerk underwent emergency surgery for internal bleeding and trauma after the crash.

The man ran away carrying a child. That child, a male passenger and a second child in the fleeing man’s vehicle were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still looking for the fleeing driver.

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