Police: Tesla driver using Snapchat clocked at 118mph in 25mph zone

The Canadian driver was cited with reckless operation of a vehicle.
Police: Tesla driver using Snapchat clocked at 118mph in 25mph zone
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 8:53 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (Enquirer/WXIX) - An 18-year-old Canadian man was ticketed Tuesday driving a Tesla over 100 mph down Main Street in Newtown while recording the trip for social media, police told our media partners at the Enquirer.

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan said the Telsa was clocked at 118 mph in a 25 mph zone, but by the time the officer caught up to the driver he was driving 101 mph in a 35 mph zone.

“Not only were they driving 93 mph and 66 mph over the limit,” Synan said, “they were also distracted recording their recklessness on Snapchat.”

Synan said the driver was speeding on Main Street between the United Dairy Farmers and Roundbottom Road just before 2 a.m.

Synan said officers were so shocked by the car’s speed that they restarted the radar gun to ensure it read its speed correctly.

“They clocked it initially at 118 in a posted 25 mile per hour zone. I believe it caught them off guard,” explained Synan. “They turned the radar off and turned it back on, thinking there may be a malfunction, and reconfirmed that speed at 101 in a posted 35.”

The driver from Cambridge, Ontario was cited with reckless operation of a vehicle.

Synan said the driver cooperated with officers knowing he could not deny going as fast as he was.

The 18-year-old was not arrested nor did he have his license revoked because Ohio law does not allow a speeding driver to get more than a ticket.

“There is a time and place for everything,” Synan said. “In the center of our community is not the place or the time.”

A ticket issued to a Tesla driver in August 2022 in Newtown, Ohio.
A ticket issued to a Tesla driver in August 2022 in Newtown, Ohio.(Provided/Newtown Police Department)

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