Several California Highway Patrol officers were forced to surround a moving vehicle whose driver was completely passed out behind the wheel. The car was able to successfully travel for miles with the passed-out driver because it was reportedly a Tesla Model S with an auto-pilot feature. Thankfully, the situation was finally diffused when the driver awoke to numerous police cruisers, siren’s blazing, traveling in a circle around his car.
According to police, the incident began at around 3:30 A.M. on November 30th. A California Highway Patrol officer was monitoring traffic on Highway 101 near Redwood City when he noticed the Tesla Model drive past him. The officer noticed the driver appeared to be completely incoherent and asleep at the wheel. He immediately called in the incident to request backup and began following the car.
The officer noted the Tesla model’s auto-pilot feature appeared to be working very well. The car was driving itself safely, but it was still a serious concern that the driver was incoherent. Officers quickly formulated a plan to make the Tesla stop. Police promptly shut down traffic on the highway before attempting to pull in front of the Tesla to slow it down. Multiple cruisers were surrounding the Tesla when the driver appeared to wake up.
Once the car was stopped, a field sobriety test was ordered for the driver. He failed and was ultimately charged with driving under the influence. In response to the incident, both the California Highway Patrol and Tesla have released statements. They both remind drivers that they need to keep their hands on the wheel at all times even when they are using the auto-pilot feature.