APTOS (CBS SF) — A dog who was left in a car in an Aptos neighborhood accidentally put the vehicle in neutral Friday morning, sending it rolling down the street and into a wall.
KPIX 5 reporter Katie Nielsen got word Friday morning about the incident when friends sent a photo showing the dog in the car and the damage the vehicle did to their retaining wall.READ MORE: San Jose Police: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Target Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 4 Suspects Sought
Apparently the dog — named Duke — was left in the gold 2001 Mercedes-Benz S 430 and somehow managed to get his leash tangled on the car’s gear stick. As the dog moved about in the front seat, he somehow pulled the gear stick and put the car into neutral.
The owners of the home, Janie and Jim Black, said they watched as the car rolled backwards down the street, coming to a stop when it hit the retaining wall of their house.
The car also knocked over a couple of garbage containers.READ MORE: AC Transit Adding Additional Service; Some Lines Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels
A couple of the photos they took of the dog comically showed him almost appearing as if he was sitting behind the steering wheel.
No dogs or humans were injured in Duke’s brief joy ride.MORE NEWS: COVID: Bay Area Health Officials Say Some Areas Would Be Vulnerable To Omicron Variant; Holdouts Seek Vaccine
A tweet that Nielsen posted about the crash Friday went viral. It was retweeted over 900 times and liked over 5,500 times.
A Bay Area couple is having a RUFF Friday!
Apparently, the dog (seen behind the wheel) was left in the car with the leash on. The leash got stuck on the gear shift, & pulled the car in neutral, allowing it to roll down the street into the wall.
*insert bad driver joke here* 😉 pic.twitter.com/vOzEpV0CYM
— Katie Nielsen (@KatieKPIX) August 30, 2019