Dramatic Efforts Stop Runaway SUV After 911 Call About Stuck Gas Pedal

Dramatic Efforts Stop Runaway SUV After 911 Call About Stuck Gas Pedal

"If you hit the vehicle hard enough into neutral it should go", the dispatcher said. The trooper drove behind the SUV and then pulled alongside the vehicle. Florida police attempted to stop the vehicle using tyre-puncturing stinger devices, and eventually bought the vehicle to a stop using a PIT manoeuvre to spin it around.

That's when FHP told Fellsmere police to try for a third time. "No ma'am, I do not", Cooper said, according to a recording of the call published by Vero News.

"Have you tried the emergency brake?" the dispatcher asked.

The runaway vehicle traveled almost 50 miles before law enforcement was able to get ahead of the SUV and throw down three stop sticks to deflate the tires, according to the paper.

The dispatcher then asked if Cooper could set his cruise control and then manually use it to slow his speed. Cooper, who spoke in a frantic tone, told dispatchers he was unable to put the sports utility vehicle in neutral or stop the vehicle.

Not working, he said.

The first words to the 911 dispatcher, "I believe my gas pedal is stuck in my auto and I'm on I-95". "S--! I'm about to hit somebody, goddammit it!" Two tries with the sticks got the auto down to about 60 miles per hour after blowing out a couple of tires.

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They responded to us saying that the vehicle had no outstanding recalls and the scenario they read off articles were "implausible".

"They took out at least two tires that I'm aware of but the vehicle continued to travel north", said Fellsmere Police Chief Keith Touchberry. This fail-safe software means that if the vehicle detects that both pedals are depressed, the on-board electronics will reduce engine power so that the driver may stop safely.

It wasn't until spoke strips were deployed that Cooper's vehicle finally settled down to 40 miles per hour.

Law enforcement officers with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Fellsmere Police Department helped manage the situation by blocking off entrance ramps and controlling traffic.

While Cooper wasn't hurt, he was taken to the hospital with chest pains.

The Florida Highway Patrol is going over the BMW to learn why it would not stop.

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