Irony alert! Tennessee Tesla driver causes blackout after crashing into power pole

drunk tennessee tesla driver causes blackout after crashing into pole teslacrashtop650

Revenge of the electric car indeed!

A Tesla Model S recently crashed into a power pole in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, causing a blackout of the surrounding area for a few hours and surging irony levels to newfound heights.

WGSN reports that the driver of the wrecked Model S was taken to the hospital but suffered no injuries. Reports also indicate that the $70,000+ Model S has seen far better days.

The driver, who was female, reportedly told officers who arrived on the scene that she was “messing with the radio” when she veered off the road and crashed into an power pole. No official word yet on whether or not she was listening to Eddie Grant’s Electric Avenue.

The woman was later released into police custody where she was charged with a DUI (Driving while Under the Influence) as well as Violation of Implied Consent when she reportedly refused to undergo a blood alcohol level test. That’s certainly not incriminating. The driver was not hurt and from the photos, it looks like all the Tesla’s airbags were on task and encapsulated the driver in puffy orbs of safety. The Tesla’s front end didn’t fare so well, unfortunately.

Tesla-Crash-Airbags

We don’t typically make light of other people’s misfortune, especially when there is a real risk of bodily harm, but this woman’s actions are truly boneheaded. Not only should you not drink and drive, but doing so in a $70,000+ EV is just asking to be trolled.

Tennessee’s power pole pulverizer isn’t the only one that didn’t quite understand how to operate the Model S, though. Before the police could load the 4,800-pound car onto a flatbed, they had to receive information and “technical instructions” from Tesla on how to shut it off. Apparently, there’s no big “on/off” wall switch in the car.

To be fair, Tesla’s operate a little differently than most cars so the cause for confusion may be warranted. Walking up to the Model S with key fob in hand or pocket triggers the door handles and wakes up the car. All one has to do from there is get in, whisper a word of thanks to Mr. Musk, put a foot on the brake and put it in Drive. Shutting it off is virtually the same process in reverse. Simply place the car in Park and walk away. It locks up on its own if you forget.

That has us thinking: Maybe the electric naysayers are right; maybe EVs do pose a threat… at least to power poles.

TeslaCrashPole650
Mobile

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.
Computing

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here's how to partition in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step.
Product Review

Boring takes a back seat as 2019 Corolla Hatchback mixes fun with practicality

We drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, the latest hatchback to bear the Corolla name. As the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, Toyota has high expectations to meet. This model mostly lives up to the legacy.
Cars

Tesla could show the electric pickup Elon Musk is dying to build in 2019

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself.
Cars

Aston Martin’s 1,000-hp Valkyrie will boast the Mona Lisa of the engine world

Aston Martin has released new details about its F1-inspired Valkyrie hypercar. Co-developed with Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie will be one of the most aerodynamic production cars ever made.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

The redesigned 2020 Passat shows Volkswagen still believes in sedans

The sedan segment in America is shrinking, but Volkswagen still believes in it. The German firm has released a teaser sketch to preview the redesigned 2020 Passat it will introduce during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Cars

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti has released a teaser image to preview a concept it will unveil at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The yet-unnamed design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language.
Cars

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Cars

California wants all-electric public bus fleet on its roads by 2040

California approved a regulation that targets an all-electric public bus fleet for the whole state by 2040. The effect of the full implementation of the regulation is equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road.
Cars

1,000-mph Bloodhound supersonic car project finds a last-minute savior

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has found a buyer. The project was going to be disbanded after running out of funds, but its assets were purchased by British businessman Ian Warhurst.
Cars

Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free

Ford is ending 2018 by venturing into the doghouse market. The company's European division has built a kennel equipped with active noise-canceling technology and soundproof walls that help dogs sleep through fireworks.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.