A man suspected being behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle in California and committing an assault in a road rage attack that was captured on video has been arrested, authorities said Monday.
The California Highway Patrol said Nathaniel Walter Radimak was taken into custody Sunday in connection with assaults on Jan. 11. He was arrested in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Fox Los Angeles reported.
Authorities said Radimak was wielding a pipe when he was seen during a road rage encounter while driving a Tesla model X in on State Route 2 near Los Angeles.
The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck captured a road rage incident involving the Tesla and began recording with his cellphone, the news outlet reported. Minutes later, the Tesla attempted to merge into a left lane and bumped into the Chevy, striking the front passenger side.
The driver of the Tesla stopped a short distance away, got out of the vehicle and walked toward it before allegedly hitting the truck with a long “pole-like object”, authorities said.
On the video, the Tesla driver walks toward the car and three loud bangs can be heard when he is out of view. The driver walked back to the Tesla and drove away.
Radimak was booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon and has two outstanding warrants, according to the news outlet. He is being held in the Los Angeles County jail on $5,175,000 bail.