Photo: ABC13 News
Tesla cameras filmed road rage with use of a gun against the driver of an electric car. Thanks to the additional capabilities of Tesla cars, the suspect was caught and taken into custody.
Chris Harclerode shared with ABC13 News a dramatic video of a road rage shooting that was captured by his Tesla cameras. The incident occurred on September 25 around 8:30 pm when he was returning home from the airport. Harclerode was driving west on the Westpark Toll Road when a dark pickup truck began aggressively following him. Initially, the pickup tried to crash into the Tesla's right rear door, the victim said. Then, they began to drive in parallel, and, through the open window of the pickup truck, it was clear that the driver was pointing a gun at the electric vehicle.
“He pulled alongside me; he had his window open, pistol pointed at my car. At that point, I accelerated and tried to block him from getting to the side or in front of me so he couldn't open fire,” he said.
Harclerode tried to leave, but the pickup truck driver was able to get ahead of him and block the passage, standing in the middle of the road. The offender got out of the car, pointed the gun at the Tesla and fired several shots. Harclerode was miraculously unharmed, and one of the bullets was stopped by the car's glass.
“The window tint basically (stopped) one of the bullets. It struck the passenger rear window, the only thing that kept the bullet from my head was the window tint,” he said.
Due to the fact that Tesla cars have cameras all around, they filmed the whole incident from different angles, which gave a clear picture of what was happening. In addition, they recorded the license plates of the attacker's car, which ensured his capture. The culprit was 32-year-old James Young. Currently, he is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Young currently faces 2 to 20 years in prison if found guilty and up to a $10,000 fine. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
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