A Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's SUV was significantly damaged in a crash with a Tesla on auto-pilot Saturday. (Photo: Snohomish County SO) -

A Snohomish County (WA) Sheriff's SUV was significantly damaged in a crash with a Tesla on auto-pilot Saturday. (Photo: Snohomish County SO)

A Tesla in autopilot mode crashed into a Snohomish County, WA, deputy's patrol car over the weekend, causing significant damage, sheriff's officials said.

The incident began Saturday as the deputy responded to a vehicle that had crashed into a power pole and sheared it in half, KATU reports.

The deputy parked on the shoulder on the road, with his emergency lights flashing, and exited his vehicle to speak with the fire units on scene.

About 30 seconds later, a Tesla in autopilot mode slammed into the deputy's vehicle, heavily damaging the front driver's side.

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