A California doctor accused of knowingly driving his Tesla 250 feet off a cliff with his family inside had nine police visits to his home since 2017.
The calls to Dharmesh A Patel’s home in Pasadena were for reports of suspicious persons and burglar alarms, Los Angeles Times reported, citing Pasadena Police Department records.
A spokesman for the City of Pasadena said The independent the events were considered to be false alarms. No one was for house disturbances, LA Times noted.
“There have been several false alarms after panic alarms were triggered in the house,” the spokesman said, and there has never been any domestic violence.
Patel, 42, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse after authorities said he deliberately drove the Model Y electric car off the cliff with his wife Neha, their four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. All four survived the accident.
California Highway Patrol investigators determined there was probable cause that it had been an “intentional act,” but investigators have not yet announced a motive behind the incident.
Patel, a doctor of radiology at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles, remains hospitalized along with the rest of his family.
Neighbors in the Pasadena area told Patel Los Angeles Times that the family seemed “idyllic” before the shocking incident on January 2.
“They’re a beautiful, idyllic family, no indication of trouble,” said Roger Newmark, who has lived there for more than 40 years. “It’s so weird because he’s a great guy. Maybe it was a moment of madness.”
Meanwhile, surveillance video taken at Mr Newmark’s home on Christmas Eve showed Patel delivering a festive poinsettia plant to his neighbours, who were not there.
The dashcam video shows him leaving the plant and a Christmas card with a relative who took care of the house.
“I’m Dharmesh,” he told the woman, telling her he lived next door and pointing to his home where the white Model Y was parked outside the garage
“Can I just leave it (the plant) by the front door?”