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A Tesla on autopilot crashed into a Connecticut State Police cruiser before rear-ending a disabled car while the suspected driver was 'checking on his dog in the back seat.'
The Connecticut State Police said in a press release that two troopers dispatched to Interstate 95 in Norwalk to help a disabled vehicle that was stuck in the center lane.
Police - Cruisers - Emergency - Lights - Flare
They maintain that both police cruisers had their emergency lights activated and an additional flare pattern behind the vehicles.
While waiting for a tow truck to remove the disabled vehicle, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 was driving northbound slammed into one of the police cruisers and then collided with the disabled car.
Tesla - Driver - Highway - Feet - State
The Tesla driver continued to slowly travel down the highway for several hundred feet before being stopped by the second state trooper at the scene.
When confronted by authorities, the owner said he had his vehicle on 'autopilot' and was attending to his pet in the backseat at the time.
Suspect - Dog - Seat - Prior - Collision
'[The suspect] explained that he was checking on his dog which was in the back seat prior to hitting the collision,' Connecticut State Police said.
The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Crashes - Authorities - Drivers - Attention - Road
No one involved in the crashes were seriously injured, but authorities maintain that drivers must keep their full attention on the road.
Connecticut State Police said: 'According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although a number of vehicles have some automated capabilities, there are no vehicles currently for sale that are fully automated or...
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