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Tesla might have its first serious occupant injury as stolen Model S split in half after high speed pursuit in LA


KTLA reports that a Tesla got into a huge wreck last night in LA.

The incident began when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing with” one of the vehicles, according to Sgt. Campbell with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division.

Officers responded to the dealership and a pursuit began at about 12:45 a.m., Campbell said.

During the pursuit, the Tesla reached speeds of up to 100 mph, according to Campbell.

The pursuit ended on La Brea Avenue between Fountain and Lexington avenues a short time later when the driver of the Tesla hit two other cars and a lamp post, Campbell said.

A witness told KTLA that the Tesla hit the pole and split in half, and that part of the vehicle landed on top of a white car.

“There were fires after that that broke out,” he said. “I saw the firefighters — like 25 firefighters – standing around the white car with the Jaws of Life.”

At some point, he said, explosions could be heard.

It is nuts that the two drivers even have a chance to live after the car split in half at such high speeds.


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  1. Meh - 7 years ago

    Someone teach that camera man some freaking manner you don’t just tape someone walking to their car, that’s fucked up. Your there for the crash do your job.


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