Tesla Owner Tracks Stolen Model S On iPhone App (w/video)
Tesla Model S owner Shahin Pirani tracked her stolen EV on the Tesla iPhone app as it hit speeds of up to 100 MPH during a high-speed chase Wednesday night in San Diego.
As the story goes, Pirani stepped out of her friend’s house and immediately noticed that her Model S was gone. Pirani stated:
“Of course we panicked, not thinking what to do.”
Pirani did what any educated Model S owner would do: she pulled up her Tesla app to track the vehicles whereabouts.
“Sure enough it showed us that the car was within half a mile from where we were.”
Pirani’s friend drove her to the Model S’ location while police were called.
Per NBC San Diego:
“When police arrived, the suspect, along with one passenger, fled in the car and led police on a 20-minute chase.”
“The car was actually running at 100 mph so we figured the car was being chased by the cops.”
Eventually, police were able to bring the car to a halt after deploying to sets of spike strips. Both occupants of the stolen Model S fled on foot, but were apprehended by police. The passenger was transported to the hospital for apparent injuries.
On the scene, Pirani commented:
“The car is here and all the cops are here, the helicopter is here; so the navigation definitely did an amazing job.”
“After this, I’m not going to get any other car for sure.”
How was the Model S stolen? It’s widely believed that Pirani left the key fob in the vehicle, as the Model S itself is darn near impossible to steal without the fob.
*Video footage via Fox 5 San Diego