Highway Patrol Officer Helps Stop Runaway Toyota Prius

The California Highway Patrol says an officer helped slow a runaway Toyota Prius from 94 mph to a safe stop after the accelerator got stuck.

The CHP says driver James Sikes called 911 Monday after he found he could not control his car on Interstate 8 in San Diego County.

A patrol car pulled alongside, and officers told Sikes over a loudspeaker to use the brakes and emergency brake.

After slowing to about 50 mph, Sikes felt safe enough to turn off the engine and coast to a halt.

In a statement, Toyota says it has dispatched a specialist to investigate. Toyota has undertaken a mass recall of many of its vehicles for sudden acceleration problems. It was not clear if Sikes' car was recalled or fixed.

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  • by BIGC Location: TARBORO on Mar 10, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    I would enjoy the oppertunity to be "chased" by the law and get to rear end one of there cars "free of charges". Gotta get a Toyota!
  • by Mark Location: Houston on Mar 9, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    I can not imagine how he could make 2 different 911 calls yet have the gall to suggest that the reason he did not put the car in neutral was because he had to keep both hands on the wheel to control the car. Give me a break. There is far more to this story to come. This smells of a scam.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 9, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    WIMP.... The same thing happened to me 14 years ago. ..I was driving a Ford Escort and the gas pedal got stuck... I called my ex-husband on a bag phone and he said PUT IT IN NEUTRAL. I was going around a a 35 mile a hour curve about 60 with a baby in my stomach. ..Boogie Boogie Boo.. this guy is a girly man!!!!!!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    Yeah, I gotta agree...turn the motor off or put it in neutral. Only an idiot would call 911 first. (or someone looking to hit the Toyota Lotto in court)
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    I understand that there are problems with these cars,but come on people if this happened to you and you were going down a long interstate and had time to call 911 and then go several miles for a police officer to assist and tell him to put it nuetral and he not even think about putting it in nuetral sounds pretty bogus to me.Heck I can put the pedal to the metal and hold the break on any vehicle and do the same thing.This guy had plenty of time to think to put the car in nuetral.I personally think the guy is a conartist and just did not want the car any more.It probably will not be investigated and if it is it will not be on the news that this guy is a conman.
  • by hmm on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    regardless of how stupid the man driving appears to be, he drove a prius, which is the savior to the environment and possibly the best automobile ever created on the face of this earth, so everything is a-ok.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Mar 9, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Fantastic post EP. Most people in this country depend on somebody else to do everything for them, even thinking. Let's hope this doesn't happen to anybody here but if it should I don't think picking up the cell phone at 94 mph is a very bright idea. We can't do anything about it but cars have become too dependent on computers. Think how often your computer freezes up and you have to reboot. Not an option at 90 mph!
  • by EP on Mar 9, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    People in this country are getting more and more ignorant every day. Put the car in neutral and pull over. Darren is right that the driver probably didn't think to put the car in neutral but the most important part of that statement is that the driver didn't THINK! Thank God for everyone else on the road the the highway patrolman had his/her thinking cap on! Some (most) people really lack common sense.
  • by LawSuit on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    If I claim my gas pedal is stuck on my Toyota truck...and go down the road at 94...can I file a lawsuit against Toyota Corp.? Let me go get on the interstate right now and see.
  • by Tj Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    If anyone knows anything about a hybrid vehcile it is nearly impossible for this to have happened. This guy knew what Toyota has been going through and wanted to be on TV!! Most Toyotas are made here in the USA and bring alot of jobs to American people SO it is not good news for AMERCIAN automobile makers!
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