Drunk Driver Tries To Get Out Of DUI By Claiming His Tesla Was In Autopilot Mode

Autonomous driving technology has the potential to make drunk driving a thing of the past but that’s a long way from happening. One Tesla driver in California found this out the hard way as he was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to SF Gate, the California Highway Patrol discovered the man passed out behind the wheel of a Tesla which was stopped on the middle of the Bay Bridge at approximately 5:30 p.m. on January 13th.  Once officers managed to awaken the man, he told them the car was on autopilot.

That response didn’t fly with officers who quickly discovered the man was intoxicated.  He was promptly arrested and police determined the man had a blood alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit.  In a post on Twitter, the California Highway Patrol said the car was eventually towed away and “no it didn’t drive itself to the tow yard.”

There’s no word on whether or not the car was actually in autopilot mode but a Tesla spokesperson told the publication that “autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.”  Ideally, one that’s also sober.

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    Just because cars are starting to drive themselves doesn’t mean you should get blitzed and get behind the wheel.

    • brn

      When a vehicle reaches Level 4, that would be perfectly acceptable.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

    • Moveon Libtards

      The cult of Tesla.

      Too bad for them Tesla will be no more after 2018.

      Enjoy prison, Elon.

  • Stephen G

    So that means if your blitzed you should get in the back seat? If the car is driving itself…you are not driving it!

  • Nick099

    Then there is the other Tesla story today.
    A Tesla on autopilot rams a parked fire engine on the side of the road….hard.
    Thankfully no injuries….except for the Tesla, front end is mashed under the truck.

    • smartacus

      the online media cartel
      is refusing to cover
      the tesla on autopilot
      ramming a parked
      firetruck with emergency lights on.

      • LWOAP

        Either it probably wouldn’t look good on the part of Tesla ( I do think someone is getting paid to post articles about them every 15 days) or they are slow to get to it because they are busy finding whatever click bait, sensationalist, garbage that will generate traffic.

        Man, I do get bitter late at night. I should lie down.

        • smartacus

          me too, i think they are getting paid to keep them in the news.
          That’s how they keep the stock price going.

          If they didn’t keep them in the news day in and day out;
          people would forget about them like… hey i haven’t seen
          advertisements for LASIK surgery lately. i used to see those every day.

          • Dubble Bubble

            hey i haven’t seen
            advertisements for LASIK surgery lately.
            I saw what you did there.

  • Bash

    Is that a fire bird behind the officer?

  • smartacus

    multiple tesla stories daily,
    yet NOTHING about the tesla on autopilot

  • Moveon Libtards

    Typical Tesla owner douchebag.

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