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Toyota wants wrecked Prius; police refuse

HARRISON, N.Y. — A New York police official says Toyota wants a Prius that was involved in a crash — but his department is “not prepared to release it just yet.”

Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said Wednesday that he had spoken to someone from Toyota’s regional headquarters. The Department of Transportation also says federal safety regulators are gathering information on the case.

Marraccini said police believe the vehicle was on a recall list prompted by sticking gas pedals, but he said police had no immediate proof that this one had stuck.

The driver told police that the 2005 Prius inexplicably lurched down a driveway and into a stone wall Tuesday.

The report comes amid heightened attention surrounding unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

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