By WALTER BERRY | The Associated Press
PHOENIX — An individual described as a disgruntled former Waymo driver has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately crashing a passenger vehicle into one of many agency’s vans with self-driving capabilities near Phoenix, authorities talked about Thursday.
Tempe police talked about Raymond Tang, 31, was booked into jail Wednesday night and is coping with felony costs of aggravated assault and felony hurt, and misdemeanor counts of endangerment and reckless driving.
Waymo officers talked about Tang “engaged in associated conduct, which resulted in misdemeanor costs for disorderly conduct and felony hurt in direction of him in November 2019.”
The Arizona Republic reported in December that police throughout the Phoenix suburb of Chandler have documented a minimal of 21 situations before now two years involving Waymo autos, along with one throughout which an individual waved a gun at a Waymo van. Police moreover talked about a Jeep compelled vans off the freeway six situations.
Courtroom paperwork launched Thursday say Tang’s automotive has been documented on video in a quantity of crimes in direction of Waymo autos in Chandler between closing Oct. 23 and Dec. 10 which have caused higher than $3,200 in damages.
A potential set off assertion displays the Jan. 30 crash caused an estimated $3,500 hurt to the Waymo van.
Chandler police didn’t immediately return a reputation Thursday in search of contact upon whether or not or not they’re investigating Tang, nevertheless Tempe police talked about they’re working with Waymo.
Tang didn’t have an lawyer when he made a brief preliminary look Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Courtroom. He solely spoke to state his title and date of begin and to say he understood the discharge phrases set by a courtroom docket commissioner, who ordered Tang to remain jailed on an $18,000 bond.
Tang has a Feb. 24 preliminary listening to in a Mesa courtroom docket.
An announcement from Waymo known as Tang “a disgruntled former Genesis10 automotive operator” whose mission with the company ended virtually a 12 months prior to now when he failed to satisfy safety necessities.
Tempe police talked about Tang is accused of driving a passenger vehicle recklessly throughout the metropolis on the night of Jan. 30, swerving in direction of a Waymo automotive working in a information mode in an apparent attempt to set off a collision.
Police talked about on-board video from the Waymo van and one different Waymo automotive throughout the area sooner than the crash displays Tang shifting his automotive in entrance of the alternative autos after which braking exhausting to a stop in an apparent attempt to drive the autos to rear-end his automotive.
They talked about Tang later acknowledged “brake-checking” the Waymo automotive that hit the passenger vehicle from behind.
The driving drive of the Waymo van involved throughout the crash was dealt with at a hospital for minor accidents and bronchial bronchial asthma issues, with the alternative driver telling police he was in concern for his safety as Tang was driving erratically spherical him, “inflicting him to interrupt 5 situations (and) swerve away from Tang’s makes an try and set off a crash,” in line with courtroom docket paperwork.