A regional daily reporter witnessed and caught on camera an armed robbery taking place in broad daylight.
A gang of men wearing hoods then got out and smashed the window of a local jewellers before stealing goods and making off.
As the men got back in the car the driver put his foot down, heading straight towards David who had to dive for cover as the vehicle sped off.
David managed to get a picture of the incident which appeared on the front page of his paper the following day.
Police are still hunting the gang responsible for the crime, although the vehicle involved has been recovered.
David showed the images on his phone to police officers who arrived on the scene and called the newsdesk who put a call in to the local police press office, which knew nothing of the incident at that stage.
He said: “It’s one of things that you always get to hear about after it happens, to be walking down the road and seeing it was perfect, instead of speaking to witnesses you know everything because you’ve seen it for yourself.”
David has also written about the incident in a blog post in which he recalls the shocking incident.
He wrote: “In the blink of an eye, a gang of men in white hooded tops raced out of the vehicle and started smashing glass with sledgehammers before stealing items from the shop. For about ten seconds, I was quite literally frozen to the spot as the usually busy shopping street began to empty with people either running away screaming or diving into the closest shop to hide.
“As people continued to brush past me to get away, I noticed a few people were already on their mobile phones and talking to the emergency services.
“The driver of the silver Mercedes then started pumping smoke out of the vehicle to block CCTV footage and shouted at anyone still stood watching the robbery unfold.
“I was absolutely stunned and just looked around in utter disbelief as people slowly emerged from the shops they had raced into moments earlier.
“After checking my phone to see what pictures I had taken, I walked up to one of the members of staff to give her the registration plate of the silver Mercedes before walking into the Post Office to sort out my road tax and thinking to myself: “Did that really just happen?”