By Dorothy Tucker


CHICAGO (CBS) — The driver of a white Jeep that was being towed from a River North parking lot has revealed what he was thinking when he drove his car off of the tow truck.

The incident was caught on camera and the video went viral, being viewed more than 2 million times.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports the mystery man in the white Jeep on the back of the tow truck is Victor Stallone, who left his car in the Walgreens parking lot to walk to Portillos.

Stallone says he was gone for at most two minutes, long enough for the tow truck driver to grab the car and refuse to release the car, despite Victor’s pleas

“I’m saying, ‘Hey man, I’m right here. I’m moving the truck I own the truck. My dog’s in the car,’” Stallone said.

George is Victor’s dog. They’ve been together six years.

“He’s with me all the time,” Stallone said. “I bring him to my friends all the time…there’s no way he was taking my dog. No way.”

So Victor jumped into his Jeep while it was on the truck.

“He gets anxiety attacks when I’m not with him that long or if he’s with someone he doesn’t know. He starts panicking.”

He rode about a block before the driver pulled over and then he just took off.

“When he lifted the truck higher, that’s when I realized I don’t think this guy is letting me go and I don’t know if he is going to try to force me out,” Stallone said. “I love this dog. I might have not seen him again if he were to take the truck. You never know. I did what I had to do.”

George has filed a complaint with the Illinois Commerce Commission because according to state law if the owner of the car shows up before the tow truck leaves the tow driver is supposed to release the car.

Victor says that didn’t happen. The towing company declined to comment.

Dorothy Tucker