Melissa Smith said when thieves tried to steal her car at the BP gas station near Milwaukee's Third Ward Tuesday, she jumped on the hood.
At first she didn't see the Cadillac pull up. The suspect crouched down and got behind the wheel of her car.
Once the suspect was behind the wheel and Smith was on the hood, the driver slammed on the brakes twice.
Smith admits she didn't think about the danger of jumping on the hood until afterward.
"I had the thought in my head, 'Do I go after my purse or do I stop by car?' and the price tag of my car flashed through my head," Smith told WISN-TV. "He was laughing while I was on my car and he was trying to throw me off, so zero remorse."
The suspect eventually gave up, jumped out of her car and took off. So far, no arrests have been made.
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WISN-TV contributed to this report.