REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KTVU) - The Los Altos planning commission chair pleaded not guilty on Thursday after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while driving in a Tesla, which had been motoring along highway on "Autopilot."
Alexander Samek had been charged with a misdemeanor DUI after officers found him asleep behind the wheel of his Tesla on Nov. 30. The CHP drove in front of his car to get it to slow down, which is when Samek woke up, and he was arrested at a Shell gas station in Palo Alto.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday that the Tesla had been in "driver-assist mode."
The function should only be used to assist drivers when they are awake, sober and have both hands on the wheel, said CHP Officer Art Montiel.
JUST IN: Booking photo of @CityofLosAltos planning commission chair Alexander Samek. He was arrested after officers found him asleep - and drunk - while behind the wheel of his 2017 Tesla Model S going 70mph on Hwy 101, per @CHP_RedwoodCity. 515,6,7p @KTVU pic.twitter.com/oOfGSdT2Em— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) December 1, 2018