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“I’m Speechless”: Tesla Driver Arrested for Sleeping at the Wheel Doing 90 MPH

Red Tesla on a road

Yep, another one.

A 20-year-old man in Canada was arrested after sleeping while the car’s self-driving autopilot was driving the car at speeds that topped 90 miles-per-hour.

Witnesses called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after seeing “a speeding Tesla electric car heading south of Edmonton, and what appeared to be no one behind the wheel,” according to NBC.

Both the driver and his passenger were asleep in fully reclined seats, according to the RCMP. The car was doing 87 mph on a street that had a posted speed limit of approximately 68 mph when the police showed up. When other drivers pulled over after seeing the patrol car’s lights, the Tesla accelerated to over 90 mph.

 Sgt. Darrin Turnbull of the RCMP said “Nobody was looking out the windshield to see where the car was going. I’ve been in policing for over 23 years and the majority of that in traffic law enforcement, and I’m speechless. I’ve never, ever seen anything like this before, but of course the technology wasn’t there.” 

The sleepy Tesla driver was given a speeding citation and his license was temporarily revoked.

This isn’t the first time that a Tesla driver has been caught sleeping at the wheel. There have been quite a few incidents over the years, which we cataloged here. If you want to avoid falling asleep behind the wheel, we recommend optimizing your sleep using a sleep tracker like the Garmin Vivosmart 4.