A MOTORIST risked his own life to save a runaway dog as it charged down a busy dual carriageway.
Chris Bryan ran down the hard shoulder and across two lanes of traffic to rescue the Yorkshire terrier-cross — and the drama was captured on his car’s dashcam.
The 58-year-old spotted the dog, called Gizmo, as he headed to work and tried to corner it by stopping his car on the sliproad to the A500 near Stoke-on-Trent.
‘At first I thought it was a rabbit, then saw it was a dog and thought, “Oh no, I’ve got to save it now”,’ he said. ‘He was rushing down the sliproad at quite a speed. I was trying to get in front of him but every time I did he ran past me.’
Gizmo, seven, then darted into the fast lane — forcing Mr Bryan to give chase. ‘I was desperately trying to alert drivers to what was going on,’ he said. ‘Everyone slowed down out of fear of running him over.’
The dog then jumped over a barrier into bushes on the central reservation, where Mr Bryan and another motorist — who was bitten by Gizmo — grabbed him.
‘The dog was shaking, he was clearly terrified,’ he said. ‘I just felt so elated. I honestly thought he was done for.’
Mr Bryan, a transport supervisor at Royal Stoke University Hospital, took Gizmo to a vet who found the dog was micro-chipped and reunited him with his owner.
Brushing off his heroics, Mr Bryan, said: ‘I hate to think what might have happened to him had I not caught him.’