911 audio - Troopers, police use stop sticks on 'runaway' vehicle

Cooper walks towards officers after incredible road trip

The auto company echoed the dispatcher's suggested solutions on how to stop the vehicle and added that the car's computer and floor design should not have allowed for a stuck pedal in the first place.

It was about 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, and the Palm Coast man sounded distressed as his 2003 BMW X5 rushed on. But the Beamer kept going about another mile and a half before finally coming to a stop engulfed in smoke.

"You have no idea why it could be stuck?"

"I need traffic assistance", he said.

Cooper could be heard cursing and shouting at people to get out of the way while the dispatcher informed him that authorities were on their way to help.

"I'm about to hit somebody", driver Joseph Cooper said.

Cooper sped out of Martin County and through St. Lucie County.

So Sgt. Scott Newsom posted up at mile marker 153 and waited for his cue to throw stop sticks in front of Cooper's auto, a black BMW SUV. "I'm trying to hold onto the wheel and talk to you at the same time". The officials tossed out stop sticks again, blowing out the right two tires, which slowed the vehicle down to about 60 miles per hour, the highway patrol said.

More stop sticks blew the remaining two tires on the left side. The vehicle started to swerve and then came to a stop on the inside lane-after about 40 miles. "The vehicle was traveling on all 4 rims with no tire", the highway patrol said.

The vehicle was towed away and Cooper was taken to a hospital to be assessed for injuries.

BMW, in a statement released to ABC News, called the scenario "implausible". It also "uses software logic to override the accelerator whenever the brake pedal is pressed while driving", Plucinsky said. Therefore an object or floor mat can not slide under the accelerator pedal and jam it.

"Thank God in this situation nobody got hurt", Lt. Alvaro Feola of the highway patrol said. But the driver was still unable to stop.

"The vehicle could also have been stopped by two additional means: By placing the transmission in neutral and coasting to a stop and/or by shutting off the ignition without removing the key".



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