It’s not every day that you hear someone calling the police on themselves, but one Florida commuter had no choice.
He was speeding down the highway at 95 mph when he called 911 and reported his situation.
Joseph Cooper called 911 to report that his BMW had gone rogue.
His gas pedal was stuck, and his car kept going faster and faster.
The dispatcher told him to try to shift into neutral, but it was no use.
“I can’t, ma’am, I tried that already. I’m trying to hold onto the wheel and talk to you at the same time,” Cooper told the 911 operator.
“Get out of the way!” he can be heard shouting in the recording. He also told the dispatcher that he narrowly missed hitting someone.
In response, police tried to control traffic to get them out of Cooper’s path. They laid spike strips down, but he avoided the first batch.
The second set of spike strips hit Cooper’s right tires, but that only slowed him to 60 mph.
The next hit his left tires, but he was still going 40 mph on four rims.
Finally, the SUV came to a stop in front of police. Cooper got out to talk to the authorities on the scene.
“Thank God in this situation nobody got hurt,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola told ABC News. “Traffic was maybe a little light, it wasn’t rush hour.
“He did call 911, he wore a seat belt, he kept the dispatch aware of the mile markers,” Feola said. A BMW spokesperson stated that this kind of a situation is “implausible.”
“All BMW vehicles, including the 2003 X5 described in this incident, employ an electronic accelerator pedal which uses software logic to override the accelerator whenever the brake pedal is pressed while driving,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“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.”
Whatever the “fail-safe” was, it didn’t seem to work. We’re just thankful that nobody was hurt during this scary situation.
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