The troopers activated their emergency lights and set up a flare pattern behind the cruisers while waiting for a tow truck for the disabled vehicle.
"It is incorrect to refer to current vehicles with driver assist technologies as "self-driving" or "autonomous" ... because creating an inaccurate impression of vehicle capabilities can put drivers and other road users at risk", she said. Tesla cars seem to have an affinity for finding and smashing into police cars and fire trucks stopped doing their work on our roadways.More news: 'Pati, Patni Aur Woh' surpasses 'Panipat' collections on day 1
"The operator of the Tesla stated that he had his vehicle on "Auto-pilot" and explained that he was checking on his dog which was in the back seat prior to hitting the collision", police said.
They say the Tesla then continued northbound and hit the disabled vehicle. The man was charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
The Tesla driver continued to slowly travel down the highway for several hundred feet before being stopped by the second state trooper at the scene.
A statement on the Facebook page for the Connecticut State Police noted that two police cruisers had responded to the stopped vehicle on the interstate.More news: General election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn in Wales for final election push
"Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous".
Police say they want to remind drivers that regardless of their vehicles' capabilities, their full attention is required at all times to ensure safe driving.
Using a combination of cameras and sensors, Autopilot allows the Tesla "to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane".
Tesla has issued similar statements in the wake of past Autopilot accidents, saying drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times.More news: Ryan Reynolds Says Free Guy is 'My Favorite Movie I've Ever Made'