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Tesla in autopilot mode hits Snohomish County deputy’s SUV

A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office SUV was hit by a Tesla being driven in “autopilot” mode on Saturday.

A deputy was responding to a crash in the 25200 block of 103rd Ave NE in the Arlington area where a vehicle had sheared a power pole in half. The deputy was parked on the shoulder with his emergency lights flashing and had gotten out of the SUV to speak with firefighters at the scene.

About 30 seconds later, a Tesla hit the deputy’s SUV, causing significant damage, the sheriff’s office said.

No one was hurt.

Deputies said while vehicles may have autopilot to assist, it cannot be relied upon to get you safely from one destination to the next.

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