A San Francisco man who was arrested for riding in the back seat of a driverless Tesla did the same stunt in a new car he bought shortly after being released from prison.
Param Sharma, 25, was arrested Monday for reckless driving and disobeying a peace officer, the California Highway Patrol said. He was taken to Santa Rita Prison and the Tesla was towed off the scene for evidence, police said.
But shortly after his release from prison, Mr. Sharma reportedly arrived for an interview with the Bay Area news station. KTVU Wednesday riding in the backseat of a driverless Tesla, again.
“I am very rich,” he told the KTVU if he bought a new car after the previous one was seized by the authorities.
On Instagram, he posted a video in which he can be heard saying that he got out of jail and bought another Tesla. Mr Sharma uploaded more videos to his social media account that show him in the backseat of a moving vehicle.
He is due in court on July 6. Steven Clark, a Santa Clara County legal analyst, said KTVU that Mr. Sharma will likely receive a stern warning.
In response, Mr Sharma said, âI’m just going to get a new Tesla every time. I have unlimited money to spend on Teslas. If you take my Tesla, I’ll have another Tesla.
The California Highway Patrol is considering a full investigation of him. Under California law, it is illegal for an autonomous vehicle to operate without a person behind the wheel, said Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen. The New York Times.
âWe recommend a fee to the prosecutor’s office. It’s an active investigation, so the police report cannot be released, âa patrol spokesperson said. Motherboard. The spokesperson also said they are conducting a full investigation that “will look into the possibility of past incidents and obviously his social media.”
The patrol said that prior to the arrest, residents of the Bay Area also captured video of a person resembling Mr Sharma driving his vehicle in the same “reckless manner”. The Oakland region of the CHP had cited him on April 27 for similar behavior, he said.
Tesla’s autopilot technology is coming under increasing scrutiny after a series of recent accidents. The US auto safety agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has mentionned that he’s investigating about two dozen Tesla vehicle accidents.