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Driverless Waymo car thwarts robbers during police chase

Driverless Waymo car thwarts robbers during police chase

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A self-driving Waymo car stopped a pair of robbers during a police chase in San Francisco on Monday.

Just before 2 a.m., a victim was attacked and robbed on 8th Street near United Nations Plaza, police said. The victim told officers that a man and a woman stole cash and car keys before fleeing with the victim’s car.

“Officers located the stolen vehicle near Harrison and 2NL Streets. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not yield and a pursuit ensued,” a San Francisco Police Department spokesperson told KRON4.

A Waymo autonomous vehicle turns onto Mission Street in San Francisco on November 17, 2023.  (Photo by JASON HENRY/AFP via Getty Images)A Waymo autonomous vehicle turns onto Mission Street in San Francisco on November 17, 2023.  (Photo by JASON HENRY/AFP via Getty Images)

A Waymo autonomous vehicle turns onto Mission Street in San Francisco on November 17, 2023. (Photo by JASON HENRY/AFP via Getty Images)

After officers lost sight of the fleeing robbers, the stolen car crashed into an autonomous vehicle on Folsom Street near 14th Street, police said.

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The driverless stolen car crash against Waymo happened next to one of the AV company’s parking lots, a witness wrote on Reddit.

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Officers arrested the robbers. Police said the 41-year-old man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, and the 26-year-old woman was arrested for receiving a stolen vehicle, conspiracy and resisting arrest.

SFPD is asking anyone with information about this incident to call 415-575-4444.

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