In a bizarre turn of events, a Google Street View car led police on a high-speed chase through Indiana on July 31st. The chase began when Middletown Police Department Chief Landon Dean noticed a small vehicle traveling at high speed on U.S. Interstate 36. The car was equipped with a large camera rig on its roof, which Dean recognized as a Google Street View car.
Dean attempted to pull over the Google car, but the driver refused to stop. The chase continued for several miles, with the Google car reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The chase eventually ended when the Google car lost control and crashed into a muddy creek.
The driver of the Google car was identified as a 32-year-old man from Florida. He was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. The man told police that he was too scared to stop for the police because he thought they were going to shoot him.
Google issued a statement saying that they were aware of the incident and were “working with the authorities to investigate.” The statement also said that Google takes the safety of its Street View operations “very seriously.”
The high-speed chase involving a Google Street View car is a reminder of the unexpected ways that technology can intersect with everyday life. As technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and challenges that it can pose.