Fremont PD’s Tesla patrol car runs out of power during pursuit

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FREMONT (KRON) – A hiccup during a police chase in the East Bay.

A Fremont police officer was driving a Tesla patrol car when the battery died.

The chase happened near the AutoZone store off of Fremont Boulevard, then moved to the freeway and that’s when the officer noticed the low-battery indicator.

On the dispatch audio, the officer is heard saying there is 6 miles of battery left on the 2014 Tesla Model S85.

He then stops the chase and says he needs to go find a charging station.

Fremont police officials said the Tesla was not fully charged at the beginning of the officer’s shift but was at least half-full which is in line with general guidelines.

CHP later found the suspect’s abandoned car in San Jose.

Police said the incident didn’t change how they feel about the car, which is being tested as part of a pilot program.

The Tesla patrol cruisers were introduced at the beginning of the year.

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