Monday, 21 March 2022 10:43

LAPD Offers $1,000 Reward for Info on Flying Tesla Model S Driver

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati


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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that could lead to the driver’s arrest behind a flying Tesla incident. 

According to LAPD Central Traffic, the driver of a rental black 2018 Tesla Model S vehicle performed a dangerous stunt at Baxter Street and Alvarado Street at 12:10 a.m. March 20. The Tesla Model S hit several trash cans and two parked cars. 


Videos of the flying Tesla Model S were shared online and spread rapidly. However, the driver of the Tesla is not visible in the videos. After the stunt, the Tesla Model S was abandoned at the scene. The LAPD said the incident was a misdemeanor hit-and-run. 


A YouTube video posted by Alex Choi said the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run incident was a brand new Tesla worth $150,000. Choi was present during the incident. However, the Tesla vehicle involved in the incident was not a refresh Model S, which currently starts at $93,740. The Plaid variant, which came out in 2021, costs $129,740. 


Anyone with information about the hit-and-run rental vehicle and the driver involved is encouraged to contact Detective Juan Campos from the Central Traffic Detectives at (213) 833-3713. People may also email Campos at 31480@lapd.online. Those who want to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-2228477) or send an email to www.lacrimestoppers.org


One TikToker, who goes by dominykas, posted a clip that seemingly identified himself as the driver behind the flying Tesla incident. He posted a video that appeared to show him behind the Tesla Model S steering wheel on the night in question. He said he crashed his “new” Tesla in the video. He admitted to performing the stunt again in a later video. 


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