Police identify man seen on back of sedan on I-77

by: Paige Hansen Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -  

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Hundreds of thousands of Eyewitness News viewers have watched exclusive video showing a man hanging on the back of a sedan on Interstate 77 this past weekend.  A Channel 9 viewer sent in the video Saturday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has identified the people involved in Saturday's incident, but they are not releasing their names.
 
Police said the woman was driving on I-77 with two children inside.  Officers said the woman is in a relationship with the man who rode on the back of the car and she doesn't want to press any charges against him.
 
"You need to get an officer out here on 77," said one 911 caller to a dispatcher Saturday after seeing a man hanging onto the back of a white Oldsmobile Alero. 
 
"You need to have somebody up here (inaudible). This guy is going to get killed," the caller said. 
 
Police said no one was hurt. Officers said the incident started as a domestic dispute when the woman's boyfriend, "assaulted her by grabbing her arm and pulling her onto the ground" during an argument, according to a CMPD report.
 
It happened near a shopping center on South Boulevard and Woodlawn.
 
A witness, who did not want to talk on camera, said she was there Saturday and saw the woman abandon her car in the intersection, then run to the Payless Shoe Store, begging for help.The witness said she saw the man later walk away and the woman drove off.
 
Twenty minutes later, the woman's white Alero was going up to 55 mph on I-77 northbound near exit 7.  911 dispatchers could not believe what drivers were seeing.
 
"He's riding on the car?" a dispatcher asked.  "He's on the back of the trunk, hanging on," the caller replied.  
 
Witnesses reported seeing the man break in the back windshield of the car and climb inside.
 
Police say the car got off near Clanton Road and the woman and the two children walked to a nearby gas station while the man drove away. 
 
The family who sent us the video called police and gave them the license plate number of the car.  Troopers said that license plate tag did not belong to the white Alero.
 
Police said it is still an open investigation.