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weird scary problem

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Hi all,
I am new to this forum. I just had a really scary problem with my Subaru outback. I had parked in front of a market and was trying to back out, but the steering wheel would not budge and the car was just rolling backwards, even when I put it in drive and pressed the gas pedal to go forward. It seemed really resistant to moving, like the emergency brake was on, but I had disengaged it. The light was on though, as was the check engine light and pretty much everything else.
I could not really experiment with it because there was a big crowd of people in the road and I did not want to risk hitting anyone. So I stopped and put the brake on and called my husband.
he arrived after the crowds had cleared and it started right up for him and worked fine. He said I imagined it. (and a few other things I will no repeat!)
Any ideas?
The remote that locks and unlocks the car is a little dodgy and I wonder if that could have caused the whole system to seize up like that?
I definitely did not imagine it because my son was there. The steering wheel was really hard to move, the transmission seemed locked, and the brake seemed engaged even though I had disengaged it.
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Sounds like the engine wasn't running, to me.
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