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Tesla driver allegedly sleeping, while speeding down central Alberta highway

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A man from British Columbia is facing charges after a bizarre set of circumstances earlier this summer on a central Alberta highway.

RCMP say back in early July, police received a complaint of a car speeding south on Highway 2 near Ponoka.

The vehicle appeared to be self-driving, travelling over 140 km/h, with both front seats completely reclined and both occupants appearing to be asleep.

An officer located the vehicle, a 2019 Tesla Model S. and after the responding officer flipped on his emergency lights, the Tesla automatically began to speed up.

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After finally stopping the vehicle, RCMP charged the driver, a 20 year old BC man, with speeding and a 24 hour licence suspension for fatigue.

The driver has also been now charged with Dangerous Driving and was served with a summons to appear in court in December.

“Although manufacturers of new vehicles have built in safeguards to prevent drivers from taking advantage of the new safety systems in vehicles, those systems are just that — supplemental safety systems,” says Superintendent Gary Graham of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “They are not self-driving systems, they still come with the responsibility of driving.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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