UAE | Emergencies

Cruise control snag keeps car speeding at 160km/h

Police help motorist to halt four-wheel drive

  • By Abdulla Rasheed Abu Dhabi Editor
  • Published: 00:00 February 26, 2012
  • Gulf News

Abu Dhabi A cruise control system malfunction put an Emirati motorist's life in danger recently as his four-wheel drive vehicle sped at 160km/h on the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway.

Unable to slow the car down, the motorist sought the help of police, who dispatched three patrol vehicles, said Brigadier Engineer Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, Director of Traffic and Patrols at Abu Dhabi Police.

One police car cleared the road and advised the motorist to follow it. Two other patrol vehicles were at hand to help in any emergency.

Since the motorist was unable to operate the cruise control or apply the brakes for about 45 minutes, the police planned to lead the car to an uninhabited area to try and reduce speed and stop it.

With police officers giving instructions over the phone, the motorist started applying the handbrake slowly. The plan worked, and the car slowed down and stopped at Ramah (Abu Dhabi-Al Ain highway).

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