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03/14/06

Father on Son's Wild Ride in Stolen Vehicle

Shawn Hall is back with his family. Shawn Hall is back with his family.

A Hinesville toddler is safe with his family today following a wild car theft last night. It all started at a BP gas station on Ogeechee Road in Savannah. Around 10pm Monday, a car was left unattended and running. A man hopped in the car and took off. In the backseat was a three-year-old boy.

Young Shawn Hall is all laughs now. But last night, his family wasn't laughing. Shawn's dad Charles and other family members stopped at the gas station. Charles pumped gas. Everyone else went inside. Or at least they thought everyone did, until Charles went inside.

The truck was still running. "I was going out to the truck and I saw my truck...someone jumped in my truck," recalled Charles. "I was five feet from the door.

"He stopped to merge with traffic," Charles went on. "I jumped on the truck, yanked the door open and tried to pull him out. So he slung me off and went to take off."

Still hanging on, Charles realized his son Shawn was still in the backseat. "I told him, 'The child is in the car, the child is in the car,'" said Charles. "I said, 'My son is in the third row. My son is in the third row. My child's in the car, stop!' And he wouldn't stop. He just took off and tried to slam the door and proceeded down the highway."

Charles held on for half a mile and has the cuts and scrapes to prove it. A Levi's Call--Georgia's version of the Amber Alert--was issued. Police put out an APB for the Hall family's 2003 red Chevy Trailblazer. More than and hour later, Shawn was found.

"Whoever took the truck dropped him off on a doorstep and knocked on the door," said Charles.

Three years old and all alone on 40th Street in downtown Savannah. The neighbor called police, who picked Shawn up for a reunion with his family.

The truck is still missing, but Shawn is okay.

Police are still looking for the suspect, described as a black male in a black T-shirt with shoulder-length braids and black hat and camouflage shorts. The red 2003 Chevy Trailblazer has a Liberty County tag number of ASU 7123.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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