Bloomberg News

Tesla Awaits Police Findings on Model S Theft and Fiery Crash

July 05, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:US) said it’s assisting Los Angeles police and fire officials investigating the theft of a Model S sedan by a man who yesterday led police on a high-speed chase before crashing the car in West Hollywood.

The carmaker led by Elon Musk “continues to cooperate” with authorities reviewing the matter, said Simon Sproule, a company spokesman, without elaborating. The vehicle split into two after hitting a light pole, according to KTLA-TV.

The car was stolen from a “dealership in the 5800 block of Centinela Ave.” in western Los Angeles early Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday, citing LAPD Officer Christopher No. Tesla has a service center at 5840 West Centinela.

The man who stole the vehicle was injured when the car crashed into other vehicles; he remains in critical condition, according to the LAPD. Following the collision, the car’s battery pack ignited and triggered a fire that burned the car.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at Joe Sabo

The Good Business Issue

Companies Mentioned

  • TSLA
    (Tesla Motors Inc)
    • $227.82 USD
    • 5.56
    • 2.44%
Market data is delayed at least 15 minutes.
blog comments powered by Disqus