Backseat Tesla Model 3 Autopilot driver arrested after taunting California Highway Patrol in latest video

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A reckless Tesla Model 3 owner was arrested in California this afternoon after being caught by California Highway Patrol (CHP) in the backseat while his car was on Autopilot.

Over the last few weeks several videos and photos have surfaced online showing a man sitting in the backseat of a Model 3 with no one in the driver’s seat. Making matters worse, he appeared to be flaunting the fact he was breaking the law, both by smiling for passing motorists and posting videos online that he recorded during these incidents.

Concerned motorists and Tesla fans notified CHP about the incidents, who announced on Facebook three days ago they were looking for the individual.

The threat of being arrested didn’t seem to phase the arrogant Model 3 owner. Yesterday he posted another video of himself in the backseat, showing headlines of his actions on an iPad. We aren’t going to share the actual video since it will get him views, but screenshots from the video are included below.

Fortunately his antics finally caught up with him, as he was arrested this afternoon by CHP. According to a statement by the CHP – Golden Gate Division, 25-year old Param Sharma was seen by an officer sitting in the back seat of his Model 3 while travelling on the Bay Street Bridge heading towards Oakland.

After turning on his lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop, the officer then observed Sharma getting into the front seat. He pulled over and was arrested and booked into jail on two counts of reckless driving and disobeying a Peace Officer.

Making this case even worse, and showing just how arrogant Sharma is/was, he had already been cited by CHP for pulling the same stunt just a few weeks ago on April 27.

Hopefully a little jail time knocks some sense into Sharma, and he faces some real consequences for his actions like having his car and driver’s license taken away from him.

The full statement from CHP – Golden Gate Division is below.

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