"He did call 911, he wore a seat belt, he kept the dispatch aware of the mile markers", Feola said.
If you ever get into a similar situation where your gas pedal gets stuck or your brakes go out, call 911 and try to put your vehicle in neutral, put on your brakes or try to shut the auto off.
The operator suggested an emergency brake.
"I need traffic assistance", Cooper said, in what was not an understatement.
All that 28-year-old Florida man Joseph Cooper wanted to do was to get to the nearest Sonic's to stuff his face. "I'm sorry", he said. "I'm trying to hold onto the wheel and talk to you at the same time", Cooper responded.
Cooper sped out of Martin County and through St. Lucie County. Florida police attempted to stop the vehicle using tyre-puncturing stinger devices, and eventually bought the vehicle to a stop using a PIT manoeuvre to spin it around. The BMW is seen going over the spike strips which hit the left two tires. Cooper maneuvered around the first one at mile marker 138, but a second attempt at mile marker 147 in Vero Beach blew out both right tires and slowed the BMW down to about 60 miles per hour. "The vehicle was traveling on all 4 rims with no tire", the highway patrol said. The auto started to swerve and then came to a stop on the inside lane-after about 40 miles.
But BMW, the manufacturer of Cooper's 2003 X5 SUV, has released a statement alleging it was "implausible" that the accelerator became stuck. He began suffering chest pains there and paramedics rushed him to the Indian River Medical Center to be treated. He couldn't. When asked if he had tried the emergency brake, Cooper responded, "Ma'am, I'm not going to do that at 100 miles per hour, I'm sorry". Therefore an object or floor mat can not slide under the accelerator pedal and jam it. But the driver was still unable to stop. He said he was shaken up by the whole incident.
"The vehicle could also have been stopped by two additional means: By placing the transmission in neutral and coasting to a stop and/or by shutting off the ignition without removing the key".