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Tesla Crash Rains Flaming Batteries
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Posted By: kreeger, 11/22/2020 7:33:53 AM

The driver of a Tesla in Oregon collided with a power pole and multiple trees at 100 mph this week, sending burning batteries flying into nearby homes.(Snip)Police stated that the driver, identified as a man named Dylan Milota, was impaired by marijuana and was cited at the hospital for driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit and run, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.  Corrections*


I wonder how they could prove that he was legally impaired from pot. Is there a test with a threshold for being too high?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: franq 11/22/2020 7:35:41 AM (No. 613012)
Legalize heroin. And enact common-sense battery control laws.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bpl40 11/22/2020 8:16:38 AM (No. 613055)
I asked a Tesla owning friend of a friend how he 'refills' when on a long trip. He said there are plenty of charging stations and it takes half an hour. Adding defensively that you need that time to rest anyway. But what if it is a holiday weekend and that half hour comes only after waiting for another one or two. He said there are not enough Teslas yet to cause that. I don't know, I prefer the old internal combustion plant.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: ho72 11/22/2020 8:22:11 AM (No. 613058)
Was it in self-driving mode?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: GO3 11/22/2020 8:29:43 AM (No. 613067)
How many charging stations are on I-90 in South Dakota? Just wondering.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Lawsy0 11/22/2020 8:35:08 AM (No. 613073)
Hey, Milota! Need a ride? Need a light? Sux to be rich enough to buy a Tesla, then trash it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Safari Man 11/22/2020 8:37:55 AM (No. 613075)
Assault and battery.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: smokincol 11/22/2020 8:45:28 AM (No. 613085)
they really got their act together in Oregon, alright. it seems to be the MOST open society in the country. it can't stay that way for very long, I hope.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Strike3 11/22/2020 8:55:56 AM (No. 613097)
I'm impressed that he lived through the crash.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 11/22/2020 9:02:26 AM (No. 613108)
OP, here’s an article on marijuana DUIs in Oregon.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/22/2020 9:03:31 AM (No. 613110)
That's some kinda pot. The stufff I 'heard' about in the 70s would not allow you to go over 25...
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MDConservative 11/22/2020 9:10:03 AM (No. 613115)
Seems like Teslas shed parts, including flaming batteries, pretty easily, perhaps to absorb the crash better. Whatever the reason, it would seem there is a safety issue with the battery (batteries) holder rupturing and spewing flaming projectiles significant distances setting house fires. NHTSA needs to pull these from the road and Tesla redesign or replace the receptacle to ensure public safety. They pulled the 737 Max...
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bur Oak 11/22/2020 9:11:54 AM (No. 613118)
I guess that a Hazmat team had to clean up the crash site.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: kreeger 11/22/2020 9:15:24 AM (No. 613126)
Essentially after reading the article in post 9, DUI for marijuana is almost impossible to prosecute successfully. He will walk on that charge. We demonize inebriated drivers but there never seems to be there never seems to be any concern about stoned ones. Wonder why that is?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: hershey 11/22/2020 10:01:06 AM (No. 613210)
The Tesla went 100 mph?????
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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird 11/22/2020 10:21:03 AM (No. 613236)
Re #13, THC is detectable in blood, so DUI drivers don’t always walk away. And they get nailed for refusing to be tested. California and some other states apparently now have breathalyzers that can detect it. Level of impairment visible in sobriety testing on the roadside is also grounds in Oregon as I understand it. THC is known to affect depth perception, which is a serious impairment for a driver.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rather Read 11/22/2020 10:37:32 AM (No. 613250)
There are times I would like to drive a Tesla. If they can just make it so that it travels a longer distance.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: kreeger 11/22/2020 10:56:33 AM (No. 613266)
If they only do a urine test then any good lawyer would be able avoid a conviction.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Californian 11/22/2020 11:35:09 AM (No. 613293)
One of my cars is a Model 3. Bad: Build construction is "ok" on a good day, at best. The GUI is horrible and unintuitive. You do have to plan for long trips. Good: Tesla sends someone to my door to fix most things on the spot. It is very fun to drive (my other cars are designed for track and fun sports cars, not station wagons so I know fun). The instant electric torque is a kick. The seats are super comfy. It did cost too much but maintenance is cheaper long term and I have a special situation where I pay zero to recharge it in my area so in the last year it's gone 10k miles for only $25 out of my pocket.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 11/22/2020 11:41:32 AM (No. 613296)
And lithium-ion batteries don't just "burn" - they go off like a pyrotechnic fireworks display.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird 11/22/2020 12:21:20 PM (No. 613327)
"Consumer Reports puts Tesla in second-to-last place for most reliable new cars”. Scores at 5 out of possible 100 for reliability.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Edgelady 11/22/2020 12:45:06 PM (No. 613347)
It’s a good thing Elon’s got that whole space program thing going for him!
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Reply 22 - Posted by: kono 11/22/2020 1:13:48 PM (No. 613373)
"Rains Flaming Batteries" ? A lot of people still imagine the giant electric car batteries as being filled with thousands of rechargeable Lithium-Ion triple-A batteries. Good grief.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: F15 Gork 11/22/2020 1:56:29 PM (No. 613402)
Probably stoned when he bought the Tesla in the first place..
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ROLFNader 11/22/2020 3:39:16 PM (No. 613475)
They started out um, charging him with assault with battery but reduced it to simply battery.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 11/22/2020 3:49:47 PM (No. 613482)
#2, your friend is shading the truth a good bit. The fastest charging on a Tesla is raported at about
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Reply 26 - Posted by: DVC 11/22/2020 3:52:48 PM (No. 613484)
Sorry, hit reply accidentally. The fastest charge on a Tesla is about 1.5 hours to 2 hours, with a very powerful charging station, much more than most homes....incidentally, most of these charging stations have a diesel the Tesla is actually a diesel car. In any case, to do a 1/2 hour charge, you'd only get about a 40-50% charge increase, so your already short range would be shortened even more. Imagine filling your gas tank through a nozzle like a soda straw. You could "refuel" in half an hour, but not fill up the tank. Electric cars are expensive toys.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Videodrone 11/22/2020 5:51:01 PM (No. 613552)
Coming back from Idaho after the eclipse we were stuck on I80 due to a grass fire about 75 miles east of Reno and it was hot enough for AC - I was hurting from the stop and go with the heavy Shelby clutch and alongside me was one of the high end Tesla's - after about 30 minutes they rolled the windows down in spite of the heat and smoke, pulling into the first gas station he was right behind me and as I finished up filling my tank went over and started chatting with him at the charging station (not a super charger) he was looking at another 30 minutes just to get to Reno and the closest super charger station…
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