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Doctor arrested for purposefully driving Tesla 250 feet off cliff with wife and kids

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

(SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA) — UPDATE — The driver of a Tesla that plunged 250 feet off of a cliff known as Devil’s Slide on Monday was arrested for attempted murder and child abuse.

Dharmesh A. Patel, 41, a physician from Pasadena, is currently receiving medical treatment for his injuries, but will be booked into the San Mateo County Jail on attempted murder and child abuse charges once he is released from the hospital, the California Highway Patrol announced.

Also inside the Tesla was Patel’s wife, a 41-year-old woman, and their children, a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy. They were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

“CHP investigators worked throughout the night interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence from the scene,” CHP said in a statement. “Based on the evidence collected, investigators developed probable cause to believe this incident was an intentional act.”

The car plummeted off the notorious cliff, the Devil’s Slide, at around 10:15 a.m. Monday along the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

The vehicle flipped several times before landing on its wheels just feet from the surf, according to Brian Pottenger, battalion chief for Cal Fire CZU.

Emergency crews initially listed the family of four in critical condition, but all were discovered conscious after movement was detected.

The two children were pulled out of the back window from the Tesla and brought to safety through a rope system. They are actively receiving treatment for musculoskeletal injuries.

Patel and his wife were hoisted from the vehicle by helicopter and flown to the hospital with traumatic injuries.

A helicopter hoisted up the 2 adults from the vehicle and were flown to the hospital with traumatic injuries.

Officials say the crash continues to remain an ongoing investigation.

Patel was arrested at 9 p.m. Monday. He reportedly did not resist arrest.