Devil’s Slide Tesla crash was intentional: CHP

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The crash in Devil’s Slide that injured four, including two adults and two children, was believed to be intentional. 

The driver  Dharmesh Arvind Patel, 41, of Pasadena, was arrested for attempted murder and child abuse. 

According to CHP, he is currently being treated for his injuries at a hospital and will be booked into San Mateo County Jail upon release. 

“CHP investigators worked throughout the night interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence from the scene,” CHP said. “Based on the evidence collected, investigators developed probable cause to believe this incident was an intentional act.”

The car was driving along Highway 1 near Devil’s Slide when it careened off the cliff, falling 250-300 feet. There were four occupants: Patel, a 41-year-old woman, a 7-year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy. 

CHP used a helicopter to rescue the occupants down the cliff. The victims were hospitalized with injuries. 

Officials are continuing to investigate the crash. Any witnesses are asked to contact the CHP – San Francisco Area at (415) 557-1094.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.