Los Angeles’s ABC News affiliate reports:
A DUI suspect was taken into custody after her Tesla vehicle that was reportedly on Autopilot stopped on a freeway overpass in the Glendale area Thursday night. According to a California Highway Patrol incident log, the vehicle hit a roadside wall shortly after 11 p.m. and kept traveling as the driver was reportedly unconscious.
In radio transmissions of the incident that were later obtained by ABC7, a dispatcher is heard saying: “The reporting party is advising that his wife is unconscious in a Tesla. The vehicle is driving itself. “It ended up TC’ing into the right shoulder wall, and, uh, still continuing,” the dispatcher says, using shorthand for a traffic collision.
Autopilot has frequently been misused by Tesla drivers, who have been caught driving drunk or even riding in the back seat while a car rolled down a California highway.
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