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Friday, California, about 3:30 pm Highway Patrol officials noticed that a Tesla Model S was heading south on Highway 101. The officers stopped next to the vehicle driving at 70 mph and watched the driver, Alexander Samek, who was reportedly sleeping. CHP then used both lights and sirens to wake Samek, but he did not respond, California Highway Patrol Information Officer Art Montiel said.
Assuming the vehicle was in autopilot mode, the officers stopped the vehicle by driving in front of the Tesla and gradually slowing down, provided the driver assistance function finally stopped the car.
The vehicle stopped in the middle of the highway and the officers tried to wake Samek.
"The officers approached the Tesla and tried to wake Samek by knocking on the window and giving verbal orders. After Samek had woken up and got out of the Tesla, he was put on the back of the patrol car and taken off the freeway to Shell Station on Embarcadero Road in West Bayshore Road, while the other officer drove the Tesla off the highway Montiel. Samek broke a field sobriety test at the gas station and was arrested on suspicion of DUI
According to KRON4. The CHP said in a statement that it had not yet confirmed the use of the autopilot:
"We can not currently confirm whether the driver assistance feature has been activated, but given the vehicle's ability to brake to a standstill when Samek slept It seems like the "driver assistance" feature had been active at that time.
The California Highway Patrol has posted the details of the incident on their Facebook page:
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