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Probe Casts Doubt on San Diego Man's 'Runaway' Prius

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As part of an investigation conducted by Toyota and the federal government, testing on the Prius James Sikes of San Diego says he could not bring to a stop could not yield duplicate results, thereby "casting doubt on the driver's story," according to an AP story published by KTLA.

A memo indicates "experts who examined and test drove the car could not replicate the problems James Sikes said he encountered," and reports that in Sikes' vehicle "it does not appear to be feasibly possible, both electronically and mechanically that his gas pedal was stuck to the floor and he was slamming on the brake at the same time."

Sikes reported his 2008 Prius as being out of control on Interstate 8 near San Diego last Monday, and drove without successfully bringing the hybrid vehicle to a stop for 23 minutes until a CHP officer provided assistance. Sikes' report of applying the brakes is also now in question:

The brakes on [Sikes'] Prius also did not show wear consistent with having been applied at full force at high speeds for a long period, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing three people familiar with the probe, whom it did not name. The newspaper said the brakes may have been applied intermittently.