We’ve often said here that electric cars are in general far less stressful to drive than gasoline-powered ones, resulting in electric car owners who tend to be more chilled out than their gear-jamming counterparts.
But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a mental breakdown behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S, as a sad incident which happened Tuesday evening on California’s Pacific Coast Highway near Santa Monica proves.
According to Jalopnik and the local press, at around 3pm yesterday afternoon a middle-aged man stopped his red Tesla Model S in the middle of the road in front of Patrick’s Roundhouse on the PCH near Entrada Drive.
He then proceeded to strip naked, opened the Model S’ full-length sunroof, and climbed on top of the car, before waving his arms around madly in a quasi traffic-cop-meets-calisthenics way. He was clearly non corpis mentis, although it remains to be seen what caused him to reach that state.
It didn’t take long for the news to break, with Janice Min, Chief Creative Officer at the Hollywood Reporter tweeting the following picture yesterday morning.
— Janice Min (@janicebmin) April 23, 2014
As with everything in Hollywood, there was also someone on hand to snap a video on the cellphone, resulting in more than 16,000 views on YouTube in 24 hours alone.
Local emergency services who attended struggled for about half an hour to persuade the naked Tesla driver to get down from his vehicle, but were able to successfully get escort him to a hospital for treatment.
The man was described as having had a possible “meltdown of psychiatric episode or was on a controlled substance” by Capt. Scott of Pacific Palisades Fire Station 69, who attended the incident.
Of course, there are many, many ways to look at this story. On one hand, it could be argued that this latest tabloid headline gets Tesla and its luxury Model S into the news for a completely bizzare and whacky thing — something which is bound to drive traffic to its stores and its website.
It also proves that the Tesla Model S roof design — so strong in fact that it once famously broke the testing apparatus designed to ascertain the pressure at which it would crumple — is strong enough to support the weight of a nude man dancing on top of it. We’re not sure that many cars on the market today can lay claim to that particular accolade, then again we’re not sure it’s something Tesla will want to include in future advertising material.
All jokes aside however, we wish the gentleman in question a speedy recovery and hope that those who were delayed by the incident on one of California’s busiest roads made their appointments without any further incident.
Furthermore, we’d like to remind our readers that whatever caused this gentleman to strip nude and dance on top of a very expensive luxury electric car — be it drugs or mental health problems — are both issues we shouldn’t joke about.
You can also support us directly as a monthly supporting member by visiting Patreon.com.