A US Indian man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse after it was alleged that he deliberately drove his Tesla off a cliff with his family still inside.

The car plummeted more than 250 feet off a cliff along the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California near an area known as Devil’s Slide.

Dharmesh A Patel, of Pasadena, California, was arrested after California Highway Patrol investigators decided there was probable cause that it had been an “intentional act”.

Just before 11 am on January 2, 2023, officers were called to help with the rescue.

The two adults and their two children, a seven-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, were trapped in the vehicle.

Firefighters brought the children to the road on stretchers and then to a nearby hospital.

Both adults, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, were hoisted onto a helicopter and taken to the highway, where they were transferred to a hospital by air ambulance.


US Indian Man drove Tesla off Cliff with Family Inside

Brian Pottenger, the battalion chief of the Coastside Fire Protection District’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz unit, said the vehicle landed on its wheels, which made the passengers easier to access through the side windows.

He said: “It is very unusual for anyone to survive an accident of this magnitude in this area.