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Runaway Prius officer: not much left of brakes



EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol officer who helped a man stop his runaway Toyota Prius says he could smell the burning brakes.


Todd Neibert gave instructions to James Sikes over a loudspeaker as they went east on mountainous Interstate 8 in San Diego County Monday afternoon.

He says that when Sikes finally got the car stopped, there wasn't much left of the car's brakes. Neibert says there was "a bunch of brake material on the ground and inside the wheels."

The officer said he told Sikes to push the brake pedal to the floor and apply the emergency brakes as the Prius neared 85 miles an hour. The car slowed to about 55, at which time Sikes says he turned off the ignition and the car came to a stop.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota have sent investigators to examine the car.

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