‘Impatient’ Tesla driver wrongly arrested after guard crossing guard falsely claimed to drive into her
A Tesla driver was arrested and jailed after a guard crossing the street accused him of hitting her — only for CCTV footage of the doorbell to clear his name.
Joe Hernandez, 32, was charged on Sept. 9 by an Anne Arundel County police officer with “deliberately hitting her leg(s) causing a minor injury.”
But footage taken from a nearby house shows that he did no such thing — and that the unnamed crossing guard actually backed up in his car, without sustaining any sort of injury.
A nearby police officer handcuffed Hernandez in front of his girlfriend and her child and took him to jail, where he spent the night.
He was charged with failing to assist an injured person, reckless and negligent driving, as well as second-degree assault, as reported by WJLA.
Maryland police last week arrested Tesla driver Joe Hernandez (right) after an unidentified crossing guard (left) told police the driver hit her with his car, but a neighbor’s security camera footage shows otherwise — now all charges have been dropped
Hernandez’s attorney James E Keatts told: Fox news that Hernandez had been “arrested, held without bail by the commissioner, forced to spend time in prison, and his reputation permanently tarnished by fraudulent charges.”
He added: “These charges should have been dismissed days ago.”
But the female crossing guard — who initially told police that the “impatient” driver in a blue Tesla drove into her car — lied. In a neighbor’s security camera footage at the time, taken in a suburb south of Baltimore called Glen Burnie, Hernandez didn’t hit her at all.
The video taken at 8:45am shows Hernandez stopping at the zebra crossing. After stopping for the crossing guard to let three children cross on their way to school, she appears to be returning to the Tesla, signaling the students to walk.
The video taken at 8:45am shows Hernandez stopping at the zebra crossing. After stopping for the crossing guard to let three children cross on their way to school, she appears to be returning to the Tesla, signaling the students to walk
The female crossing guard – who initially told police that the “impatient” driver in a blue Tesla drove into her car – lied and just stood in front of Hernandez’s car. He never hit her
When the crossing guard refuses to move despite no cars passing in the other direction, Hernandez drives around her and is completely unharmed
Hernandez was wrongfully arrested on September 9. A nearby cop handcuffed him for his girlfriend and her child and even spent the night in jail
Hernandez pushes the car backwards and appears to be saying something to the crossing guard, although there is no audio in the video.
The woman then stops directing traffic and simply stands in front of Hernandez’s car, appearing to make soft contact with the fender.
When the crossing guard refuses to move despite no cars passing in the other direction, Hernandez drives around her and she is completely unharmed.
The unidentified crossing guard told WJLA about the incident: “Everything speaks for itself. I know what happened.’
Meanwhile, federal officials said Friday they will investigate a fiery Tesla crash that killed two people in South Florida.
A Tesla Model 3 left the lane and collided with a tree Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on Twitter.
Three investigators will travel to Coral Gables next week where the deadly crash took place, and NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said, “We always look especially closely at newer technology.”
The accident happened near a residential intersection and it was not immediately known whether speed was a factor. It was also unclear whether the car’s partially automated driving system was activated at the time of the crash.
The NTSB investigation will focus on the vehicle’s operation and the fire after the crash that consumed the car, officials said.
Tesla vehicles don’t use gasoline which could increase the risk of a major fire after a crash, but the company is issuing a battery fire warning, but Tesla representatives have said high-speed collisions could lead to fires for any type of car.
The government has scrutinized Tesla’s system many times, and in the past five years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent investigators into 31 accidents involving vehicles with partially automated driver assistance systems, including 25 involving Teslas.
The NTSB will begin the investigation Monday, complete the work within a week and have a preliminary report in about 30 days, officials said.