Tesla owner arrested after being caught ‘backseat driving’

Param Sharma, 25, has been charged with reckless driving after video footage showed him riding alone in the backseat of his car in the California Bay Area on Saturday.
1:56 | 05/12/21

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Well now to the backseat driver caught on camera, a man spotted riding alone in the back of his Tesla, nowhere near the wheel. Arrested by police after a day's long search. Kenneth Moton has the story. Good morning, Kenneth. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. We've all heard the term backseat driver, but this is something completely different. The highway patrol in California says what other drivers and even an officer witnessed was illegal and simply dangerous. Overnight, California highway patrol announced arrest of this backseat driver seen riding alone in the backseat of his Tesla on interstate 80 in the California bay area on Saturday. According to the chp he was spotted multiple times around the bay area prompting a day's long search when officers stopped the car in Oakland they say they found the 25-year-old alone in the backseat. This morning charged with reckless driving. Tesla telling ABC news its system repeatedly reminds drivers to remain engaged and at highway speeds drivers typically receive warnings every 30 seconds or less if their hands aren't detected on the wheel. This isn't the first time they've gone viral. This man spotted in 2019 sleeping behind the wheel as his Tesla sped along the southern California freeway around 70 miles per hour. Another driver apparently dozing on autopilot on this Boston highway. The advanced driver system that Tesla calls autopilot is designed to keep people within lanes at speed and in certain circumstances brake but it is not designed to control the vehicle. Reporter: There have been some high-profile deadly crashes involving Tesla's self-driving feature. This morning chp is thanking those who saw that backseat driver and spoke up providing that critical information so officers could be on the lookout. Guys. Yeah, hope people realize how dangerous it really is. So crazy. It is insane.

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