When cops arrived on the scene – with guns drawn – they were quick to realize the mix-up after the man gave a demonstration of how his Tesla’s backseats work.
So how do the seats work? They fold out from the floor, and can fit two people. The feature has been available since 2013.
Local police who responded to the call-out explained the mishap from their point of view. ‘It was not a kidnapping,’ Santa Clarita Valley Police Department Lt. Rob Hahnlein told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. ‘The new Teslas have a weird back seat and when they put the (child) in the back seat it looked like they were putting them in the trunk.’
Hahnlein would not apologize for the role police played in the incident, saying the officers were doing their job.
‘We’re going to investigate (a kidnapping) and detain whoever until we figure out that it is not a crime,’ he said.
‘We’re not Tesla experts.’