LAPD investigates viral YouTube stunt after $150,000 Tesla jump destroys car

YouTuber Alex Choi filmed a driver throwing an alleged $150,000 Tesla 10 feet in the air and destroying it after colliding with two parked cars on landing during a failed stunt in Los Angeles.

Alex Choi is a YouTuber whose content revolves around “car shenanigans”. However, not even he could believe what he saw at 12:10 a.m. at the intersection of Baxter and Alvarado Streets in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

After taking a Tesla cruise in his Stock Model S, Choi was invited to check out something that sounded interesting. “This random guy wanted to show me where David Dobrik jumped his Tesla,” he said.

Choi was curious and wanted to take a look. However, when he stopped, the driver did something unexpected. He sped toward a huge bump in the road and threw the car approximately 10 feet into the air, destroying it on landing.

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The Tesla Model S is obviously not designed to be launched 10 feet in the air.

According to Choi, the reckless stunt happened “without warning.” Still, he plucked up the courage to see if the driver and his passengers, including a cat, were okay.

Luckily they were, but the car was a write-off.

“Nobody was hurt,” he said. “It’s only funny until it’s not anymore. Please do not try this at home. I had no idea this would happen. I do not condone reckless behavior that endangers the lives of others. Everyone is lucky to be alive.”

The LAPD is aware of the incident. They posted a video of it on theirs Youtube channel and revealed the car was a rented 2018 Tesla S-BLM, the driver collided with two parked vehicles on landing, leaving the car at the scene.

They also described it as a hit-and-run offense and promised to pursue it. A reward of up to $1,000 is available to anyone who provides information that can be used to identify the driver. LAPD investigates viral YouTube stunt after $150,000 Tesla jump destroys car

Emma Bowman

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