Officer Jesse Hartman from Fremont Police Department in California had been pursuing a suspect in a department-issued Tesla Model S car last Friday. Both the suspect and the officer were reportedly clocking up speeds of 120 miles per hour, but suddenly the policeman radioed to announce he would have to drop the chase. In audio obtained by The Mercury News, Hartman can be heard saying to dispatch:"I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla so I may lose it here in a sec."
California State Highway Patrol alter found the suspect's car abandoned in San Jose. The driver had fled the scene.
Fremont's police department hit headlines earlier this year when it announced it would likely become the first police agency in America to roll out a Tesla as part of its patrol fleet. Guess that didn't work out that well.