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Driver charged after $150,000 Tesla crashes in fruit orchard
The driver of a Tesla Model X, similar to this one, faces a careless driving charge (Tesla Canada photo).
The driver of a Tesla Model X, similar to this one, faces a careless driving charge (Tesla Canada photo).

The driver of a 2022 Tesla has been charged with careless driving after a high-speed rural crash wiped out several fruit trees and totalled the $150,000 car, Niagara Regional Police say.

The crash occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 2, about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Scott Street and McNab Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Police said the driver was eastbound on Scott Street about 200 metres west of McNab Road when he lost control, causing the 2022 Tesla XCE to leave the road and strike several fruit trees.

A new Tesla Model X retails for between $157,000 and $185,000.

The driver was taken to a Niagara hospital by EMS as a precaution, police said, but was not badly hurt.

Because careless driving is not a criminal charge, Niagara police refused to identify the accused driver.