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VERO BEACH, Fla. — Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph.

A Florida Highway Patrol report states 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn't slow down.

The 911 operator told Cooper to put the vehicle in neutral, but he said he couldn't. He said he didn't want to use the emergency brake at the speed he was traveling.

State troopers and local police drove alongside the SUV to clear traffic. Deploying stop sticks three times, they finally brought the SUV to a stop west of Vero Beach.

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

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  • MaxCady
    February 13, 2018 at 4:26 p.m.

    What a moron.

  • Winfield
    February 13, 2018 at 7:49 p.m.

    He must have forgot to turn the ignition key off. Hummmmmm.

  • BEARTRAP919
    February 13, 2018 at 8:03 p.m.

    Ha Ha, This sounds so funny to everyone sitting in their Easy Chair with all of the answers to all of the Questions, Both asked and unasked, Some cars do not have ignition switches or keys, I do not know if one can put it in Neutral while moving forward at a Hundred mph or not. I can relate to the Horror if it is anything like being in a Run-a-Way Truck. I am glad it worked out without a fatality

  • MaxCady
    February 13, 2018 at 9:12 p.m.

    A mechanic will check the SUV out and they'll find nothing wrong with it. It'll probably turn out that he had the gas mashed down and thought it was the brake. Remember the Audi 5000 and its sudden acceleration?? Verdict: pedal misapplication. Turns out the accelerator was about the size of a postage stamp and was two inches from the brake. I promise you there's no way that you couldn't put a vehicle in neutral while driving. Or turn a key or push a button to shut it off.

  • MuleriderRob
    February 13, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.

    You want to turn off the engine at 100mph and have no ability to steer the vehicle. Who is the moron?

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