Stolen Tesla involved in high speed chase, crashes, splits in two in California

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Seven people were injured in California after a stolen Tesla split in two in a crash.

KTLA reports police received a call from a Tesla dealership saying a person was “messing with” one of the vehicles.

Police arrive to the dealership and a pursuit began.

During the chase, police say the Tesla hit speeds of up to 100 mph.

The suspect eventual hit two other cars and a lamp post, which split the car in half, a witness told KTLA.

Video from the scene showed the Tesla cut in half, and a portion of the vehicle appeared to have crashed into a building at the corner of the street. The other half of the vehicle remained in the roadway and caught fire, KTLA reports.

Police say in total, the Tesla collided with four vehicles, injuring a total of 6 victims, before crashing.

The injured victims as well as the driver of the Tesla were taken to area hospitals.

More on the story at KTLA.


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  • anderlan

    Seriously, he wasn’t going to run out of power any time soon. But you’d think Tesla would have tracking on an unsold unit and would know exactly where he stopped. But then again, he’d just have to leave AT&T (or whatever they use for data) signal area to lose connection to Tesla HQ.

  • bobinhb

    Unbelievable bullshit! The reporter is an IDIOT! There were TWO cars at the scene! The Tesla was NOT split in half! The Tesla was not on fire at all! The other car, a gasoline powered one was! Watch the video! The Tesla is white and has all 4 doors intact. The dark car is missing its rear end which is what got cut off – no doubt resulting in fuel spillage which was burning.

  • James

    Other third parties injured were not “bystanders” if they were in their cars. “Bystanders” are people who are “standing by.” Unfortunate for them, and for us, who prefer accurate use of the English language by those who report the news.