Runaway Saudi Toyota Land Cruiser story is a hoax
Remember that story that was circulating some time ago, about the driver of a current-generation Toyota Land Cruiser in Saudi Arabia who set his cruise control, and then the car supposedly kept accelerating by itself, setting off a series of events that ended up in the police escorting him at high speeds and eventually shooting out his rear window to shut down the car by triggering the immobiliser? Remember how stupidly fake it all sounded? That’s because it was fake.
The incident did happen in Dammam, with speeds reaching up to 170 kph before police were given the bright idea by some “expert” that shooting out the rear window to shut down the car. If that were possible, there would be no police chase shows on TV any more, but everybody bought that explanation at the time.
According to Almuraba, as much as we could figure out, it turns out an investigation proved the driver was lying for whatever reason, and for that he will be rewarded with 50 lashes and 3 month in prison.
Incidentally, a similar incident occurred in Abu Dhabi recently, and it was eventually revealed that the 4×4 in question was engine-modified and so his cruise control supposedly jammed. We wouldn’t be surprised if that turned out to be an elaborate prank too, although the story never gained traction in the local media.