California Highway Patrol Describes Aftermath of Runaway Prius

By: AP
By: AP

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol officer
who helped a man stop his runaway Toyota Prius says he could smell
the burning brakes.

Todd Neibert gave instructions to James Sikes over a loudspeaker
as they went east on mountainous Interstate 8 in San Diego County
Monday afternoon.

He says that when Sikes finally got the car stopped, there
wasn't much left of the car's brakes. Neibert says there was "a
bunch of brake material on the ground and inside the wheels."

The officer said he told Sikes to push the brake pedal to the
floor and apply the emergency brakes as the Prius neared 85 miles
an hour. The car slowed to about 55, at which time Sikes says he
turned off the ignition and the car came to a stop.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota
have sent investigators to examine the car.

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