Wednesday, 12 May 2021 22:07

Tesla Owner Arrested Due to Autopilot Abuse Pledges to Continue Autopilot Abuse

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati



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After a night in jail for reckless driving, most drivers would probably make it a point to make sure they drive safely and well within the rules of the road.

Not so for 25-year-old Param Sharma, who was recently arrested and subsequently released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for reckless driving through gross misuse of his Tesla Model 3’s Autopilot features. 


Sharma caught the eye of the CHP on May 8 after images of his Autopilot escapades made the rounds on social media. As could be seen in the photos, he was sitting in the back seat of his Model 3 while the vehicle operated without a driver.


These photos infuriated netizens, many of whom were Tesla owners themselves, as the stunt was not only extremely dangerous, but also a gross violation of how Autopilot is supposed to be used. 


The Model 3 owner was arrested by the CHP on May 10 and booked into Santa Rita Jail on two counts of reckless driving and disobeying a peace officer.


Authorities noted Sharma had already been cited for a similar incident in the past, being reported for similar antics in late April. But despite spending a night in jail, it appears the stubborn Tesla owner remained undaunted. 


Speaking with KTVU on May 11 after his release, Sharma confirmed he has no intention of stopping his Autopilot back seat driving habits. He claimed his driving was not dangerous, and he actually went home from jail doing what he is now known for doing. According Sharma, his trip home from jail involved Autopilot operating a Tesla while he and a friend sat in the back seat. 


“I’m gonna go in the back seat right now. You feel me? I’m waiting for my car to charge,” Sharma said, claiming what he was doing is...

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