Indian American arrested for driving his Tesla sitting in the back seat


An Indian American man from San Francisco was arrested by the local police for negligent driving and causing disturbance to the public.

Param Sharma is popular on social media for posting videos of himself and his lavish lifestyle. His latest stunt, however, got him landed in jail. He had been posting videos of himself riding in the backseat of his brand-new Tesla Model 3 operating on autopilot.

The California Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post that he was spotted “riding in the backseat of a Tesla traveling on Bay Area roadways, with no other person being seated in the driver seat.”

The Patrol said Sharma was arrested without incident and booked into Santa Rita Jail on two counts of reckless driving and disobeying a peace officer, reports CBS News.

But even after the arrest, Sharma seemed unfazed, as pulled the same stunt after his release and drove up for an interview with the news outlet sitting in the backseat for a brand-new Tesla on Wednesday, with no one behind the wheel.

When asked by news media, he said he had purchased a new vehicle after his first one was impounded, he said, “Yeah, I’m rich as (expletive). I’m very rich.”

On his Instagram, the 25-year-old often shares videos that show him sitting in the back of cars on autopilot.

While Tesla cars come with an autopilot feature, the company and road safety authorities have cautioned against its misuse again and again.

“Autopilot is a hands-on driver assistance system that is intended to be used only with a fully attentive driver. It does not turn a Tesla into a self-driving car,” states the electric car manufacturer’s website.

Before enabling autopilot, drivers must agree to keep their “hands on the steering wheel at all times” and to always “maintain control and responsibility for the car.”

California law also stipulates that autopilot cars have someone behind the steering wheel at all times.