Government documents prove "Runaway Prius" was a hoax

Federal documents obtained by Jalopnik through a Freedom of Information Act request support today's conclusion by the federal government and what we've said all along: unintended acceleration events, like the infamous "Runaway Prius" were not caused by electronic boogeymen. » 2/08/11 4:00pm 2/08/11 4:00pm

NHTSA Can't Explain Runaway Prius Either

Confirming the congressional memo we shared yesterday questioning the story of runaway Prius driver Jim Sikes, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials say "we have not been able to find anything to explain the incident that Mr. Sikes reported." » 3/15/10 6:00am 3/15/10 6:00am

This Memo Proves The Runaway Prius Was A Hoax

We first raised doubts about the financial motivations and character of Jim Sikes, the runaway Prius driver, last week. Now there's evidence, in a draft memorandum obtained by Jalopnik from sources familiar with the investigation, that Sikes perpetrated a hoax. » 3/14/10 3:20pm 3/14/10 3:20pm

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Business Partner Claims Runaway Prius Driver A "Scammer"

Since reporting the questionable past of runaway Toyota Prius driver James Sikes there's been a deluge of tips coming in about his character, including the following from a former business partner who alleges Sikes stole from their company. » 3/12/10 4:45pm 3/12/10 4:45pm

Is Jim Sikes The New "Balloon Boy?"

Like Richard Heene, father of the now-infamous "balloon boy," Jim Sikes, the financially-strapped runaway Prius driver, stepped eagerly into the spotlight after his bout of "unintended acceleration." What similar consequences await Sikes if this turns out to be a hoax? » 3/12/10 2:45pm 3/12/10 2:45pm

Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Owns Adult Swinger Site

Earlier today we broke a story about the San Diego runaway Toyota Prius driver James Sikes recently declaring bankruptcy. Now, a review of records shows a link to a sex site for couples and a series of mysterious thefts. UPDATE! » 3/11/10 8:30pm 3/11/10 8:30pm

Did Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Fake "Unintended Acceleration?"

James Sikes, the San Diego runaway Toyota Prius driver, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and now has over $700,000 in debt. According to one anonymous tipster, we're also told he hasn't been making payments on his Prius. UPDATE! » 3/11/10 2:00pm 3/11/10 2:00pm

Runaway Prius 911 Tape: "I'm Over 90!"

The dramatic 911 emergency call from James Sikes, the driver of yesterday's runaway Toyota Prius, indicates how frightened he was and how aware CHP dispatchers are of the procedure needed to stop a Prius. Audio below the jump. » 3/09/10 7:02pm 3/09/10 7:02pm

Runaway Toyota Prius Stopped By California Patrol Car

An out-of-control Toyota Prius was brought to a halt today in San Diego by a California Highway Patrol car putting itself in front of it like a brake. According to the CHP, the car suffered from a stuck accelerator. UPDATE. » 3/08/10 7:45pm 3/08/10 7:45pm