(CNN) — A man was left critically injured in New Jersey after trying to stop thieves from stealing his car.

He jumped onto the hood, clinging to the car as it sped away.

The dramatic incident was caught on camera.

It all started at a house on High Street in Belleville, New Jersey. Which is where the Dillon family lives.

Police say two young men walked through an unlocked back door and grabbed car keys.

When they went outside while trying to get away the homeowners, James Dillon and his wife, ran out to try and stop them.

“The wife put a garbage can behind the car to try to prevent it while the husband tried to remove them from the car,” said Lt. John McAloon.

When that didn’t work Dillon jumped on the hood of the car.

A neighbors Ring camera spotted the man on the Lincoln as it sped away through the neighborhood.

“They drove approximately two miles at which point the male victim was ejected from the hood of the car,” McAloon said.

Police say Dillon was thrown from the car at Bridge Street.

His daughter, Angela Dillon, says he dad is critical with bleeding on the brain and broken ribs.

“I feel like if this did happen and my dad didn’t do anything that would be very unlike him. He’s always been very protective so The fact that he went to the extent of going on the hood of the car is that’s my dad,” A. Dillon said.

Police would eventually track that car to Newark, and after a brief chase the two suspects crashed and bailed.

They were eventually found hiding out by a nearby house.


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