Tesla owner, 25, is arrested after driving REPEAT in the rear passenger seat

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A California man who repeatedly drove in the backseat of his Model 3 Tesla while on autopilot has been arrested for reckless driving.

Param Sharma, 25, was held in Santa Rita jail overnight on Monday after a police officer spotted him in the backseat entering the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Oakland on Monday.

California Highway Patrol was warned about Sharma’s stunts after someone posted a video of him in the back of his Model 3 Tesla earlier this month. They also received several phone calls about a similar car on Monday.

Sharma reportedly jumped in the front seat after being apprehended and the officer walking to the window.

He was charged twice with driving recklessly and disobeying a peace officer.

“It’s not something we see often, and we hope this doesn’t become a trend,” the California Highway Patrol told DailyMail.com.

It is illegal in California to drive autonomous vehicles without people behind the wheel.

The Tesla Autopilot is meant to help a fully observant driver and is not complete autonomous or a ‘self-driving’ car. Before engaging Autopilot, a driver must agree to ‘keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times’ and always ‘maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle’.

Param Sharma, 25, was held in Santa Rita jail overnight on Monday after a police officer spotted him in the backseat entering the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Oakland on Monday.

Param Sharma, 25, was held in Santa Rita jail overnight on Monday after a police officer spotted him in the backseat entering the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Oakland on Monday.

California Highway Patrol was warned about Sharma's stunts after someone posted a video of him on the back of his Model 3 Tesla earlier this month.

California Highway Patrol was warned about Sharma’s stunts after someone posted a video of him on the back of his Model 3 Tesla earlier this month.

Highway Patrol agents also received multiple calls about a similar car on Monday before arresting Sharma

Highway Patrol agents also received multiple calls about a similar car on Monday before arresting Sharma

Despite his actions being both dangerous and illegal, Sharma seemed to get a kick out of being caught on camera and showed a wide grin when he was overtaken by a fellow driver in Berkeley on May 4. A video of the incident was later posted. to YouTube.

In another photo, taken at a toll plaza to the San Francisco Bay Bridge on May 3, he was seen with his foot on the steering wheel sitting comfortably in the back.

After Sharma was released on Monday following his arrest, he bragged that he would come home the same way he was arrested for: sitting in the backseat of a Tesla with the autopilot engaged. This time, however, he was in a friend’s car and the couple were in the back, he said.

‘I’m going to sit in the back seat now. You feel me? I’m waiting for my car to charge, ”Sharma said KTVU.

Sharma also told KTVU that his antics weren’t meant to show off, but to prove that self-driving cars were not just a part of the future, but also of the present.

On his Instagram page, Sharma posted a series of photos of himself from the back seat while the car is in motion. In one image, his leg is on the center console as he relaxes in the back.

Param Sharma, 25, was arrested on Tuesday but said he will continue his antics

Param Sharma, 25, was arrested on Tuesday but said he will continue his antics

Sharma puts his foot on the center console while his Tesla's autopilot takes him where he wants to go

Sharma puts his foot on the center console while his Tesla’s autopilot takes him where he wants to go

Sharma rides in the backseat of his Tesla while the car is on Interstate 80 on Interstate 80 in the Bay Area

Sharma rides in the backseat of his Tesla while the car is on Interstate 80 on Interstate 80 in the Bay Area

Nor does he believe that what he is doing is dangerous.

“I checked for the brakes really hard before and the car stopped,” Sharma told KTVU. The car came to a complete stop. Elon Musk really knows what he’s doing and I think people are tripping and scared. ‘

There have been at least five accidents involving Teslas with the autopilot engaged, resulting in investigations by the National Transport Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The most recent crash occurred in Texas on April 17, when two friends took a new Model S “out for a ride,” and the car swerved off the cul-de-sac and plowed into trees, then caught fire.

An NTSB report says no one was in the driver’s seat.

Two friends were killed in a Tesla crash in Texas in mid-April after the vehicle crashed into a tree and went up in flames with

Two friends were killed in a Tesla crash in Texas in mid-April after the vehicle crashed into a tree and went up in flames with “no one in the driver’s seat.”

In mid-March, a Tesla Model Y hit a patrol car in Lansing, Michigan, while the driver had the vehicle’s advanced driver assistance system known as Autopilot, Michigan state police told the Washington Post.

Despite the post-crash scrutiny, Tesla, which delivered nearly half a million vehicles by 2020, said it expects this figure to rise by more than 50 percent this year, the Washington Post reported.

And the company’s stock is on a tear, up more than 350 percent in the past year.

“The rate of growth will depend on our equipment capacity, operational efficiency and capacity and supply chain stability,” the company said in its quarterly letter to investors.

Plants in Berlin and Austin, Texas, are on track to start production this year, and the company said production of the Semi will start in 2021. The first deliveries of the new Model S should also start soon.

Fatal Accident Timeline Linked to Tesla Autopilot

January 20, 2016 in China: Gao Yaning, 23, died when the Tesla Model S he was driving collided with a sweeper on a highway near Handan, a town about 300 miles south of Beijing. Chinese media reported that Autopilot was on.

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in an autopilot crash in May 2016

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in an autopilot crash in May 2016

May 7, 2016 in Williston, Florida: Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when cameras in his Tesla Model S couldn’t distinguish the white side of a revolving tractor trailer from a brightly lit sky.

The NTSB found that the truck driver’s failure to grant the right of way and a motorist’s inattention due to too much reliance on vehicle automation were the likely cause of the crash.

The NTSB also noted that Tesla Autopilot allowed the motorist to become dangerously disconnected while driving. A DVD player and Harry Potter movies were found in the car.

March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California: Apple software engineer Walter Huang, 38, died in a crash US Highway 101 with the autopilot on his Tesla turned on.

The vehicle accelerated to 71 mph seconds before crashing into a highway barrier, federal investigators found.

The NTSB also said in a preliminary report on the crash that data shows the Model X SUV did not brake or attempt to steer the barrier in the three seconds leading up to the Silicon Valley crash.

Photos from a crash scene show the wreckage on March 23, 2018, in Mountain View, California

Photos from a crash scene show the wreckage on March 23, 2018, in Mountain View, California

March 1, 2019 in Delray, Florida: Jeremy Banner, 50, died when his 2018 Tesla Model 3 hit a semi-truck.

NTSB investigators said Banner had turned on the autopilot function about 10 seconds before the crash and that the autopilot did not perform evasive maneuvers to avoid the crash.

April 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas

A Tesla crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Texas, resulting in the deaths of two men: the car’s owner, Dr. William Varner, and his buddy Everette Talbot.

Police had said it was clear that no one was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash in Houston’s affluent The Woodlands neighborhood on April 17.

But Tesla had refuted the police’s claims, saying that a deformed steering wheel suggested someone was probably in the driver’s seat.

Varner, 59, and Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S – bought secondhand from eBay in January – crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Dr.  William Varner, 59, (above) and Everette Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and went up in flames.

Dr. William Varner, 59, and Everette Talbot (pictured), 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and caught fire

Dr. William Varner, 59, and Everette Talbot, 69, both died in the fatal crash when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and went up in flames

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