AN opportunist thief sped off in a prestige car moments after it was in a crash.
The £16,000 Audi A8 had been clipped by a van in a minor accident on Bradley Boulevard in Sheepridge at 8.20pm on Tuesday.
When its driver, garage owner Johnny Flowers, got out to talk to the van driver and exchange details, a dark Volvo saloon pulled up.
A man got out and asked 65-year- old Mr Flowers if he wanted him to turn the Audi's engine off.
Mr Flowers said "no" - but the thief jumped in the car and sped off down Bradley Boulevard and into Ashbrow Road.
Another man was in the Volvo and reversed it at speed down the road as Mr Flowers gave chase on foot.
Mr Flowers flagged down a passing car, jumped in and asked the driver to follow his stolen Audi.
They quickly came across it parked in a lay-by on Bradford Road.
The Audi was facing up the hill towards the Asda store and the car Mr Flowers was in pulled up nearby.
The driver in the Audi opened the passenger door and Mr Flowers got out and tried to get into his car.
But the thief suddenly put his foot down and sped off.
Mr Flowers was bowled over and suffered a bruised arm and hip.
The car - number MK51 HVE - is still missing.
When the drama had finished, the man who had picked Mr Flowers up had gone.
Mr Flowers is anxious to trace him.
Police are also keen to talk to any witnesses or anyone who has any information about the stolen Audi.
Mr Flowers, who owns Ashbrow Garage on Ashbrow Road, said: "It all happened so quickly.
"After the car was stolen I was running down the road after it and flagged a passing car down.
"The man driving it had two young children in the vehicle.
"I'd really like to speak to him again. He certainly knew who I was, but I didn't recognise him," said Mr Flowers.
The good Samaritan was driving a light-coloured car, possibly a Fiat Punto. He was an African-Caribbean in his 30s or 40s.
The car thief is white, in his mid-20s and about 5ft 8in tall. He wore light-coloured clothes.
Anyone with information should phone Pc Sharon Robinson on 01484 436659.
* The stolen car is a blue metallic Audi A8, featuring heated black Recaro sports seats, air conditioning, a satellite navigation system and climate control air conditioning.