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Haxster

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Wasn't able to complete the title before... zap... message posted. Edit title? No luck doing it. So here it is:

"LUCKY SLEEPING DRUNK DRIVER SAVED BY AUTOPILOT"

From the San Jose Mercury News December 2, 2018:
CHP: Tesla driver suspected of DUI may have had autopilot on

By Mark Gomez and Jason Green

Staff writers

PALO ALTO » A Los Altos planning commissioner was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Friday after he fell asleep behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S and managed to travel at least 7 miles on Highway 101 without crashing, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It appears the driver had the Tesla driver-assist, or autopilot, function engaged at the time he was pulled over, but the CHP needs to finish its investigation before making a final determination, Officer Art Montiel said.

About 3:35 a.m., a CHP officer noticed a gray Tesla driving south on Highway 101 near Whipple Avenue in Redwood City at about 70 mph, said Montiel, adding that the officer who pulled alongside the Tesla noticed the driver appeared to be sleeping at the wheel.

The officer got behind the Tesla and turned on his patrol car’s lights and siren in an attempt to wake up the driver and pull him over.

When the driver did not respond, the officer drove in front of the Tesla in an effort to slow down the vehicle. The officer believed that if the Tesla’s driver-assist function was engaged, the car would slow down when it sensed a vehicle in front of it, Montiel said.

At the same time, another officer was doing a traffic break behind the Tesla to stop other motorists from traveling past the Tesla.

The Tesla eventually came to a stop in the No. 3 lane north of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, about 7 miles from where the dozing driver was first spotted. Officers woke the driver, put him in a patrol car and drove him to a nearby Shell gas station.

Another officer drove the Tesla to the gas station, where it was towed.

The driver, identified as Alexander Joseph Samek, 45, of Los Altos, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Montiel said. Samek is the chairman of the Los Altos Planning Commission, which advises the City Council on planning and transportation issues, according to the city website.

Samek was cited for misdemeanor DUI and released, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade.

Montiel stressed that drivers need to be able to control their vehicles.

“What we know is that people who are using driver-assist mode need to know they are responsible and aware of their surroundings while the vehicle is in motion,” he said.
 
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traxila

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Nov 25, 2012
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Wasn't able to complete the title before... zap... message posted. Edit title? No luck doing it. So here it is:

"LUCKY SLEEPING DRUNK DRIVER SAVED BY AUTOPILOT"

From the San Jose Mercury News December 2, 2018:
CHP: Tesla driver suspected of DUI may have had autopilot on

By Mark Gomez and Jason Green

Staff writers

PALO ALTO » A Los Altos planning commissioner was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Friday after he fell asleep behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S and managed to travel at least 7 miles on Highway 101 without crashing, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It appears the driver had the Tesla driver-assist, or autopilot, function engaged at the time he was pulled over, but the CHP needs to finish its investigation before making a final determination, Officer Art Montiel said.

About 3:35 a.m., a CHP officer noticed a gray Tesla driving south on Highway 101 near Whipple Avenue in Redwood City at about 70 mph, said Montiel, adding that the officer who pulled alongside the Tesla noticed the driver appeared to be sleeping at the wheel.

The officer got behind the Tesla and turned on his patrol car’s lights and siren in an attempt to wake up the driver and pull him over.

When the driver did not respond, the officer drove in front of the Tesla in an effort to slow down the vehicle. The officer believed that if the Tesla’s driver-assist function was engaged, the car would slow down when it sensed a vehicle in front of it, Montiel said.

At the same time, another officer was doing a traffic break behind the Tesla to stop other motorists from traveling past the Tesla.

The Tesla eventually came to a stop in the No. 3 lane north of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, about 7 miles from where the dozing driver was first spotted. Officers woke the driver, put him in a patrol car and drove him to a nearby Shell gas station.

Another officer drove the Tesla to the gas station, where it was towed.

The driver, identified as Alexander Joseph Samek, 45, of Los Altos, failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Montiel said. Samek is the chairman of the Los Altos Planning Commission, which advises the City Council on planning and transportation issues, according to the city website.

Samek was cited for misdemeanor DUI and released, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade.

Montiel stressed that drivers need to be able to control their vehicles.

“What we know is that people who are using driver-assist mode need to know they are responsible and aware of their surroundings while the vehicle is in motion,” he said.
Yeah he would be almost certainly dead. Now we need to get to the point where all cars can do this and sleeping in the car is routine and legal.
 

Oldschool496

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Sep 27, 2017
704
396
Florida
Another officer drove the Tesla to the gas station, where it was towed.
1. Why did they drive to gas station? Usually they arrest on the spot and tow on the spot.
2. The Tesla probably saved other lives besides the driver.
3. Towing was handled with front wheels up and rear wheels down turning. If you put in tow mode I guess thats possible, but not advised.
4.
 

fm500

Member
Feb 8, 2019
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1
seattle
They typically will tow on the spot, but if it was blocking traffic or otherwise causing a safety hazard, they will occasionally do this.
 

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