CHP: Backseat Tesla driver arrested

California

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – The backseat driver of a Tesla has been arrested, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that 25-year-old Param Sharma had been arrested without incident. He has been booked into the Santa Rita Jail on two counts of reckless driving and disobeying a Peace Officers.

Officials continue to investigate; the Tesla itself has been towed for evidence.

On Monday around 6:34 p.m., the CHP’s Golden Gate Division received multiple calls about a person in the backseat of a Tesla Model 3 with no driver. The car was reportedly driving eastbound across the Bay Bridge.

A CHP officer located the car and attempted an enforcement stop. The officer saw the person climb into the driver’s seat and then pull the car over on I-80 near Powell Street.

Sharma was arrested on the scene.

Video of a person resembling Sharma was taken showing the same reckless behavior and Sharma was also cited on April 27 for similar behavior, according to the CHP.

“The safety of all who share our roadways is the primary concern of the CHP. The Department thanks the public for providing valuable information that aided in this investigation and arrest,” the CHP wrote on Facebook.

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