The driver of the Tesla that plunged over 250 feet off a San Mateo highway on Monday has reportedly been arrested for attempted murder and child abuse, according to Californian authorities.
The car fell over the edge of a coastal road at a location known as the Devil’s Slide with Dharmesh A. Patel at the wheel, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Two unnamed children and another adult were also present inside.
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Who is Dharmesh A. Patel?
Dharmesh A. Patel is a 42 year old physician from Pasadena, California. Patel recently made news after a car that he was driving fell over a cliff–which according to authorities, he deliberately did with others present in the vehicle.
According to KABC, Patel is listed as a radiologist at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles’ Mission Hills neighbourhood.
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After leaving the hospital, Patel will be arrested on attempted murder and child abuse charges, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
“CHP investigators worked throughout the night interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence from the scene,” the highway patrol said in a statement.
“Based on the evidence collected, investigators developed probable cause to believe this incident was an intentional act,” the authorities further added.
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Patel was placed under arrest on Tuesday, according to the CHP, who also stated that although he is currently receiving medical attention for his wounds, he would be checked into the San Mateo County Jail as soon as he is discharged.
According to the charging documents, Patel was taken into custody about 9 p.m. on Monday and did not put up any resistance.
The CHP stated that authorities are still looking into the collision and that “there has been no determination as to what driving mode the Tesla was in.”
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After the electric car careened off the notoriously dangerous section of the Pacific Coast Highway known as the “Devil’s Slide” at about 10:50 pm on Monday morning, Patel, his wife, Neha, and their children — a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy — somehow escaped.
Evidently, the car went through multiple flips before coming to rest on its wheels.
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The news of the accident and ensuing arrest upset a number of the Patels’ neighbours. “They’re like ideal neighbors. It seemed like they had a great holiday, they went to go see both parents. It just seemed very happy and great,” Sarah Walker told KABC.