The arrest of a cyclist turned into a slapstick operation for the police in Basel, Switzerland. The reason: Cops couldn’t get out of their police Tesla because the doors were blocked, after which they were laughed at by the violators.
The Basel Police Department has had seven Tesla Model X 100D in its fleet since 2018, but that didn’t quite go according to plan this weekend, the police said. Basler Zeitung and the online platform Prime News. The officers reportedly wanted to check two cyclists in the center of Basel, after which one dutifully stopped. The second decided to flee.
To apprehend the man, the officers tried to get out of their electric car. “However, this failed because the vehicle’s doors were blocked,” the report said. The person on the bike noticed this and then joked about the ‘captured’ officers. The ‘fugitive’ drove at a walking pace in front of the Tesla and the officers could do nothing.
Escape through the tailgate
Finally, according to the officers, the cyclist drove into the 525 hp Tesla – and then fled on foot. Despite their unfortunate situation, one officer managed to grab the fugitive by the neck through the open window and force him to stop. The officer climbed out the window and the other officer was eventually able to squeeze through the left back door, which opened about two feet.
Police very happy with Tesla
A police spokesman admitted that the technical problem was potentially life-threatening for the officers, but an emergency opening using a pull cord was possible at any time during the chase. According to the police, the officers were trained for that. So far, there is no known case where the crew of a police car was unable to get out of their vehicle. The Basel police are very satisfied with the Tesla. However, Nissan Leaf models have been purchased since early 2021.
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