VSP Trooper Stops Runaway, Driverless Car on I-81

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- A Virginia State Police trooper helped to stop a driverless car on Monday. Click on the video above to hear the entire 911 call.

According to VSP, two teenagers were in a Mazda, when they realized the breaks didn't work. The car was going 30 – 40 mph at the time. The male passenger jumped from the front seat and was dragged a slight distance before breaking free. Moments later, the car was driving through a grassy median and the female driver jumped from the car.

The car continued, driverless and gaining speed, through the median, headed for northbound traffic on Interstate 81. At that time, Sgt. Aikens with VSP was able to catch up with the car. He rammed the car back into the median and then into the southbound lanes. He continued to ram the car towards the guardrail until it was trapped and stopped.

According to the AP, 19-year-old passenger Sean Wies and Aikens were treated for minor injuries. Nineteen-year-old driver, Amy Guevara of Harrisonburg, was not injured.


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