Tesla Awaits Police Findings on Model S Theft and Fiery Crash

Jul 05, 2014 2:01 pm ET

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc. 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.