Florida police stop runaway vehicle

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A dispatcher made suggestions to Cooper about how to slow the vehicle down, but he dismissed the advice, stating, "I can't, ma'am, I tried that already". The trooper drove behind the SUV and then pulled alongside the vehicle.

That's what he told a 911 dispatcher, Florida Highway Patrol and members of the Fellsmere Police Department.

Touchberry said Cooper did the right thing in a stressful situation.

"Have you tried the emergency brake?" the dispatcher asked.

A stop stick, also called a spike strip, is a device used to slow or stop the movement of a vehicle by puncturing its tires. Cooper, who spoke in a frantic tone, told dispatchers he was unable to put the sports utility vehicle in neutral or stop the vehicle. He avoided them, ABC News reported.

After almost 50 miles of uncontrolled speeds, Cooper reached Indian River County.

Not working, he said.

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According WPEC, Fellsome PD Sgt. Scott Newsom posted ahead of where Cooper was on I-95 and waited for his cue to throw stop sticks in front of the black SUV. "(Expletive), I'm about to hit somebody!" The officials tossed out stop sticks again, blowing out the right two tires, which slowed the vehicle down to about 60 miles per hour, the highway patrol said.

From Martin County to Indian River County, law enforcement officers stayed with him on I-95, trying to clear traffic and keep drivers from coming onto the interstate.

This time it worked, as Cooper's BMW swerved to a stop at mile marker 155 on the inside lane - 45 miles after the adventure began.

But BMW, the manufacturer of Cooper's 2003 X5 SUV, has released a statement alleging it was "implausible" that the accelerator became stuck. It also "uses software logic to override the accelerator whenever the brake pedal is pressed while driving", Plucinsky said. This fail-safe software means that if the vehicle detects that both pedals are depressed, the on-board electronics will reduce engine power so that the driver may stop safely.

No one was hit.

Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains.

The Florida Highway Patrol is going over the BMW to learn why it would not stop.