Dashcam video shows police trying to stop runaway carPosted: Feb 14, 2018 11:01 AM Updated:
Like a scene from an action movie, the Florida Highway Patrol used sticks to stop a runaway vehicle barreling down a highway.
A 28-year-old driver's gas pedal got stuck and sent him careening down the I-95 at speeds of 100 miles per hour with no way to stop.
In the 911 call, you can hear the terror in the driver's voice.
"I'm about to hit somebody," driver Joseph Cooper said.
Troopers drove next to him and warned other drivers around him. Dispatchers tried to help him slow down and stop.
"If you hit the vehicle hard enough into neutral it should go," the dispatcher said.
"Yes, I'm trying ma'am," Cooper said. "It's not doing nothing."
But nothing worked. So troopers called the Fellsmere Police Department to throw down stop sticks.
"The stop sticks are hollow needles, and they puncture the tire and stay in the tire," said Fellsmere Police Sergeant Scott Newsom. "That lets the air out of the tire slowly so the car can come to a stop safely."
Newsom threw the sticks down deflating all the tires on the black BMW.
"It kept going for about a mile - mile and a half," said Newsom.
The driver was not hurt. Cooper drove about 50 miles with a stuck gas pedal.
BMW released a statement saying the vehicle involved does not have any recalls. They say the scenario described is "implausible" and they will work with FHP in its investigation.