The Tesla brand has become very popular over the last few years, so, even small news related to it gets a big coverage. This happened last week when a windshield of a 2015 Tesla car was smashed. The man accused of doing it with his bare fist during a road rage incident will be summoned to court on a property destruction charge, says Auburn Police.
Tesla windshield smashed with bare hands
Police have not revealed the name of the man as he has not been charged yet, says a report from the Boston Herald.
“They had some disagreement,” Auburn police Detective Sgt. Richard Mills said. “The suspect followed him to the next set of lights.”
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According to police, a man ran a Tesla driver off the road around the Auburn Mall around 1:15 p.m. Saturday. The man then chased the Tesla on Route 12, and on the “next set of lights,” he reportedly got out of his Toyota Tacoma, walked over to the electric car, and smashed the Tesla’s windshield with his hand, the police said. Two young children were inside the car then.
“He gave a statement. He said he was having a bad day. He said, ‘I made a mistake. I know I shouldn’t have done it.’ He wants to pay for it,” Mills said on Sunday.
Facebook helped track down suspect
The Tesla owner was not a local and was probably using Tesla’s Supercharger station at the mall, Mills said. The driver took a photo of the truck when it was fleeing the scene. Auburn police then posted that photo on Facebook. Tips on social media helped police track the suspect to Charlton.
It is believed that the man has admitted to smashing the Tesla’s windshield. As per police, the driver will be summoned to the Worcester Central District on a future date on a charge of wanton destruction of property over $250.
On Dec. 24, Tesla stock closed up 0.38% at $230.57. Year to date, the stock is up by almost 4%, while in the last one month, it is down by almost 1%.