published Friday, July 4th, 2014

Stolen Tesla torn apart in fiery crash

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy walks past half the remains of a Tesla that wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in West Hollywood, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy walks past half the remains of a Tesla that wedged between two walls at Congregation Kol Ami synagogue in West Hollywood, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A stolen Tesla speeding through Los Angeles-area streets went out of control and was torn in half in a fiery crash with other vehicles that injured six people.

The crash early Friday left the back end of the electric car wedged between two walls of a synagogue in the city of West Hollywood and the front end down the street among other wrecked cars and a toppled traffic signal.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Michael White tells KCAL-TV the Tesla is believed to have been traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Witness Francisco Estrada recorded video of burning debris exploding like fireworks.

The Tesla was reported stolen shortly before 1 a.m. in Los Angeles. Police Officer Christopher No says officers briefly gave chase until their patrol car crashed.

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