A Florida woman suspected of a hit-and-run was arrested this month after police were tipped off to her location -- not by an eyewitness but by her own car.
The 57-year-old woman, Cathy Bernstein, was done in by her decision to connect her phone with the Sync system in her Ford Focus, activating the 911 assist feature that automatically calls authorities when an accident occurs and provides a location.
According to media reports in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Bernstein took off after rear-ending another vehicle -- her second crash within a span of several blocks, as it later turned out. As police were responding to the crash, Bernstein's Focus called 911 and patched a dispatcher directly into the car's audio system.
Bernstein, who sounded confused upon hearing the dispatcher's voice, repeatedly denied that anything was wrong, even as she drove home with the car's airbag in her lap.
"Ma'am, there is no problem. Everything is fine," she said.
"OK, but your car called in saying you'd been involved in an accident," the skeptical dispatcher replied. "It doesn't do that for no reason. Did you leave the scene of an accident?"
"No, I would never do that," Bernstein answered.
Police met Bernstein at her house, using location information provided by Sync, and found that the Focus, with significant front-end damage, matched a description provided by the driver of one of the hit cars. Bernstein eventually confessed to fleeing the crashes, police said, and was taken to jail.