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Trooper helps stop runaway Prius

CAMPO, CA (NBC) - A California Highway Patrol officer used his patrol car to stop a runaway Toyota Prius on Monday.

The owner says he is thankful to be alive.

"I am still very nervous I have an upset stomach," driver Jim Sikes said after the incident.

He was driving his 2008 Prius when the accelerator became stuck.

"I was trying the brakes," he said. "I was on the brakes pretty healthy it wasn't doing anything, just kept speeding up, just kept going."

The out-of-control Prius reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour along Interstate 8, whizzing past other cars.

California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Niebert pulled alongside the Prius, then used his loudspeaker to tell Sikes to push the brake pedal to the floor and apply the emergency brake.

Luckily it worked.

"It was a good day because it ended the way it did no one was injured and the vehicle came to a stop," Officer Neibert later said.

In a statement, Toyota said it had dispatched a field technical specialist to San Diego to investigate the report and offer assistance.

Toyota has recalled more than six million vehicles in the U.S. since last fall because of acceleration problems in multiple models, and braking issues in the Prius.

Sikes says he's not taking any more chances.

"I wont drive that car again. Period," he said. "If I can have a problem, anyone can have a problem."

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