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Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into California police car

This photo provided by the Laguna Beach Police Department shows a Tesla sedan, left, in autopilot mode that crashed into a parked police cruiser Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Laguna Beach, Calif. (Associated Press)

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Authorities say a Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked police cruiser Tuesday in Southern California.

Police Sgt. Jim Cota said the officer was not in the cruiser during the crash in Laguna Beach. He said the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries.

The police SUV ended up with its two passenger-side wheels on a sidewalk.

Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot mode has come under scrutiny following other recent crashes. The carmaker says the function is not designed to avoid a collision and warns drivers not to rely on it entirely.