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[LAT] Runaway Prius hits 90 mph before stopping with aid of CHP

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A stuck accelerator takes Prius to 90 mph on I-8 before an officer helps out.

The driver of a Toyota Prius who called 911 on Monday to report his accelerator was stuck finally got the car stopped after about 20 minutes with the help of the California Highway Patrol, officers said.

"He was reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour," CHP Officer Larry Landeros said of the driver, James Sikes.

A Toyota spokesman said Monday evening that the company, which has recalled millions of vehicles because of reports of unintended acceleration, was sending a representative to investigate the cause of the incident.
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Brakes not working? Something is very fishy about this...
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Why the hell is it so hard for all these morons to shift to neutral?
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Brakes not working? Something is very fishy about this...
I thought it said the accelerator was stuck? If that's the case, this is only another reason for me to dislike the new "fly-by-wire" technology that is becoming a standard in cars today. When it comes to vehicle purchases, I think I'll be staying in the 90's for a while...
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A Prius does 90?

Someone had Nitro for breakfast.
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Why the hell is it so hard for all these morons to shift to neutral?
Because that doesn't work...
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Hahahahha he was speeding. I have a Prius and I thought about saying this to if I ever got caught speeding. Doesn't it get suck so you can't slow down. I thought doesn't keep speeding up, its kinda like you can't slow down. Even if this was real they could have shifted to neutral.
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Because that doesn't work...
and why would shifting to neutral not work?
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A Prius does 90?

Someone had Nitro for breakfast.
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Yes its goes faster than 90, I've done it.
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Why the hell is it so hard for all these morons to shift to neutral?
Not sure if the Prius can shift into neutral when in motion and in drive.

It's also completely plausible that the brakes would be unable to slow the car from that speed. I've drove one once and had to slam on the brakes from about 75ish and it had some noticeable brake fade.

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and why would shifting to neutral not work?
Prius doesn't use a normal gearshift. Its some wonky looking thing that works differently than most cars. Honestly I'm not sure if it works or not, but it wouldn't surprise me if it didn't.
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