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Tesla driver accused of plunging family off Hwy 1 cliff arrested

Rescue teams arrive at the scene where a Tesla with four occupants plunged over a cliff on Pacific Coast Highway 1 at Devil's Slide on Jan. 2, 2022, in San Mateo County. | Getty Images

The Tesla driver accused of intentionally plunging his family over a Highway 1 cliff has been released from the hospital and booked in San Mateo County Jail, officials said Friday.

Pasadena doctor Dharmesh Patel, 41, and his family survived the Jan. 2 fall from Devil’s Slide. The California Highway Patrol said at the time it would recommend charges of attempted murder and child abuse.

DA Stephen Wagstaffe said his office will decide Monday morning whether to file criminal charges against Patel, whose arraignment is scheduled that afternoon.

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