Joseph Cooper drove his 2003 BMW X5 down nearly 40 miles of Florida highway on Monday, at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour, before police deployed spike strips to pop the errant driver's tires. Cooper could be heard yelling on the 911 call, according to the station. "S--! I'm about to hit somebody, goddammit it!"
From Martin County to Indian River County, law enforcement officers stayed with him on I-95, trying to clear traffic and keep drivers from coming onto the interstate. The driver told a 911 dispatcher "my gas pedal is stuck". Deploying stop sticks three times to flaten the SUV's tires, they finally brought the vehicle to a stop west of Vero Beach. "That lets the air out of the tire slowly so the vehicle can come to a stop safely".
Troopers were happy they didn't have to do a pit stop after the stop sticks.
When the SUV continued several more miles, a police officer stationed at the 153 mile marker threw retractable spike strips and was able to blow out the remaining tires on the left side.
In a statement a BMW spokesperson called the scenario "implausible" and said there were numerous ways in which the driver could have stopped the auto.
Cooper didn't want to talk with CBS12.
BMW said the incident was "implausible".
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"If you hit the vehicle hard enough into neutral it should go", the dispatcher said.
The BMW spokesperson said in the statement that "BMW drivers have always been able to rely on integrated safety systems that help ensure safe operation of every BMW vehicle".
BMW drivers have always been able to rely on integrated safety systems that help ensure safe operation of every BMW vehicle. This fail-safe software means that if the vehicle detects that both pedals are depressed, the on-board electronics will reduce engine power so that the driver may stop safely.
"Also, the accelerator pedal in BMW vehicles is hinged at the bottom and mounts to the floor". This is accomplished by turning the key counterclockwise.
The vehicle began to swerve when it reached mile marker 155 and then came to a stop on the inside lane.