Tesla-hating man charges car with hatchet

A hatchet-wielding man who reportedly announced, “I hate Teslas,” confronted the driver of a Tesla car in Santa Barbara on Wednesday.

Witnesses said the man approached a Tesla traveling in the 100 block of Arrellaga Street in downtown Santa Barbara. The suspect was thought to have hit the vehicle, but investigators did not find any damage.

After confronting the Tesla driver, the suspect ran away. Santa Barbara police officers arrested him shortly later.

The suspect, whom police have yet to identify, was charged with being under the influence of drugs. Officers confiscated the hatchet.

No one was injured during the incident.

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