Tesla Driver Manhunt After Jump Crash Stunt Turns into Hit and Run: Police

A manhunt has been launched after a Tesla driver in California performed a dangerous airborne stunt and collided with two parked cars before he fled the scene, according to police.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the driver of the rental black 2018 Tesla S-BLM performed the jump at Baxter Street and Alvarado Street at about 12:10 a.m. on March 20.

The driver also smashed into several trash cans as well as two parked vehicles during the stunt.

In a March 20 YouTube post, the LAPD central traffic division said several people had recorded the jump.

A video of the stunt was also shared on the division's YouTube page, showing the Tesla in the air above an intersection before it came down hard on the hill.

As the clip continued, the car could be seen smashing into numerous objects before it finally came to a halt.

An LAPD spokesperson said: "There is currently no description of driver, and the Tesla was abandoned at the scene.

"A misdemeanor hit-and-run was completed, and detectives will be following up with the renter."

Local resident Cliff Margreta told CW affiliate KTLA: "These kids were just running up and down the hill here. Three Teslas followed, and they basically jumped from one Tesla to another."

While police had originally wanted information about a person with the social media handles of @dominykas and @durtedom, officers have since announced they are no longer looking for tips on that individual.

Detective Juan Campos told the network: "It never should've been done. I don't know what they were thinking about. It could've gotten somebody killed."

A reward of $1,000 is available to anyone who has information about the dangerous stunt.

Those with information on the hit-and-run vehicle and driver should contact Detective Juan Campos, central traffic detectives, at (213) 833-3713 or e-mail him at 31480@lapd.online.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA regional crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-2228477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "anonymous web tips" under the "get involved-crime stoppers" menu to submit an online tip.

Newsweek has contacted the LAPD for comment.

Concerns over traffic safety have increased in Los Angeles after the city officials announced hundreds of people had died in accidents in 2021.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 294 people died in traffic collisions that year. This represented a 24 percent increase from the previous year, the outlet reported.

Stock image of police car
Stock image of police car. A video of the dangerous stunt was shared online. Getty