Police Sunday are still looking for the driver of a black Tesla who crashed into a residence in Covina during a pursuit and got away, leaving one person injured.
The Tesla Model 3 with paper plates came to a halt at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South Midsite Avenue, said Sgt. R. Rasmussen, a watch commander with the Covina Police Department, which was assisting the California Highway Patrol with the investigation.
The CHP began pursuing the westbound vehicle somewhere east of Azusa Avenue along the San Bernardino (10) Freeway due to reckless driving, a CHP spokesperson said.
But the driver didn’t stop when asked, taking the exit at Azusa Avenue instead, according to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.
The Tesla turned into a parking garage at Azusa Avenue and North Garvey Avenue, but suddenly took off again when a CHP vehicle approached, according to a written version of events released by the CHP.
After the driver made a right turn to continue eastbound on Workman Avenue, the CHP called off the official pursuit because the suspect was going too fast for it to be considered in the public interest to keep trying to stop the Tesla, the CHP reported.
Then the car smashed into a nearby residential garage, a CHP spokesperson said.
Video from CBS2 showed neighbors looking at the damaged Tesla and speaking to various law enforcement officers, who had taped off a perimeter during the investigation.
At 10:15 p.m., the female passenger was taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center, as officers fanned out, looking for the driver who had fled on foot, Kimball said.
The CHP described female’s injuries as ”moderate.”
Police were unable to locate the suspect.
The CHP is investigating the pursuit, while Covina police investigate the collision.
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