Police Help Stop 90mph Runaway Prius

Toyota is sending an investigator
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2010 12:05 PM CST

(Newser) – In yet another runaway Toyota incident, a man called 911 yesterday when his 2008 Prius went out of control on Interstate 8 near San Diego, hitting 90mph and refusing to decelerate. When driver James Sikes tried to pass another car, he says the gas pedal “jumped and it just stuck there. I was trying the brakes … it wasn’t stopping.” A police car was dispatched, and zipped in front of Sikes to shield other cars.

story continues below

The officer then told Sikes by megaphone to hit his emergency brake, which slowed the car to about 50 mph. At that point Sikes turned off the engine, and the car slowed to a stop, reports the Los Angeles Times. Toyota says it’s sending an investigator to examine the car. Sikes’ model was part of Toyota’s massive recall, but he tells a local TV station that his dealership told him it wasn’t when he tried to turn it in.
(Read more Toyota stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.