Gas station attendant dragged by car

April 15, 2011 8:17:40 PM PDT
Police are looking for the driver of a black Maxima who sped away without paying for gas, dragging the attendant into the street.

It happened just before 5:00 p.m. at a Lukoil station on the westbound side of Route 4 in Fort Lee, about a mile west of the George Washington Bridge.

When the 50-year-old gas station attendant, Hassan Karaca, went up to the window to be paid for the gas, the driver of a black Maxima with New York plates just took off. Karaca held onto the car as it sped away.

Surveillance video of the incident shows the attendant holding on to the driver's side window.

"He was trying to get the money and the guy tried to take off, so he just kind of latched on. It was a foolish thing for him to do because the boss always told him, if anybody drives off, just let them go," eyewitness Tony Lulaj said.

The vehicle dragged the attendant about 50 feet into the street before he let go. Lulaj said a white pick-up truck nearly hit him.

Lulaj said the gas station has been hit by pump and run drivers several times in recent months as gas prices have risen.

Karaca did not suffer life threatening injuries, officials said. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

Police said two men were inside the vehicle, a 2000-2002 black Nissan Maxima with New York plates.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 201-592-3524.

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