A routine test drive turned into a frightening carjacking for a Manhattan salesman yesterday when his would-be buyer kicked him out of the vehicle and drove off, police said.
But the dim-witted customer was caught shortly after the brazen 11 a.m. ripoff when he returned to the showroom on 11th Ave., police said.
"He left a copy of his license at the dealer," said an investigator at the scene. "Not a smart guy."
Adhanom Hayet, 26, had been driving the maroon 2007 Nissan Murano around the West Side with the salesman when he suddenly shoved the dealer out of the SUV at 60th St. and Broadway.
Minutes later, Hayet showed up at the Potamkin showroom where he parked the SUV and walked away, but not before the salesman arrived in a police cruiser and pointed him out, cops said.
After a short foot chase involving some two dozen police, Hayet was tackled and arrested at 10th Ave. and 51st St., witnesses said.
Carol Adhanom said her son, who has no prior arrests, came to New York to visit college friends. She said the incident was “out of character” for her son and suggested that something might have set him off.
“Maybe the salesman said something racially motivated,” she said. “Theres a lot missing from this puzzle.”
If the salesman was a racist wouldn't he not even let her bundle of joy take the test drive? Why this specific theory? Hey, I got a better one! How about - the salesman gave him the car as a gift and then changed his mind! Bastard! :(