Was One Runaway Toyota Faked?
Questions are being raised about the Toyota owner who made world-wide headlines when he frantically called 911 as his runaway Prius reached 94 miles per hour.
It turns out, James Sikes filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and was more than $800,000 dollars in debt. And the 61-year-old Sikes is the registered owner of this swinger website called Adultswinglife.com, that advertises upcoming events like a "hot buns contest" and a "love boat" cruise.
James Sikes lives in a gated community outside San Diego. Sikes himself wouldn't go on-camera, but vehemently denies to INSIDE EDITION that he faked his terrifying ride and the California highway patrol hasn't questioned Sikes's account of what happened.
Sikes told us over the phone, "Do you think that 911 call sounded fake? I mean, you just can't make that stuff up."
Questions were first raised about why Sikes didn't put the car in neutral to slow it down after the 911 operator instructed him. Here's what he told INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret.
"I did think about it, but I was also afraid of throwing it over there and actually putting it in park or something and then having the the car flip," said Sikes.
The cop who drove up alongside Sikes backed him up at a news conference earlier this week. "He was, what we would say, standing on the brake. Along with smelling the brakes, I could just tell that he was trying to stop it as best he could at that time," said officer Neibert.
A San Diego law firm that represents Sikes says he doesn't plan to sue Toyota.
Toyota says they are mystified by the incident because they say Sikes's Prius was equipped with a brake override system.