Chase ready with a stick.  The Basel police follow the cyclists, but cannot open the doors of the Tesla.

Chase ready with a stick. The Basel police follow the cyclists, but cannot open the doors of the Tesla.


When the doors were still open: One of the seven Teslas of the Basel police at the presentation in 2018. The photo shows the then state councilor Baschi Dürr, Kapo commander Martin Roth and police officers Dorothea Allotey, Cyril Riebli and Adrian Spahr. Just to see: wing doors called “Falcon Wings”.

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Basel police officers followed the cyclist. Because the doors of their Tesla wouldn’t open, they ended up having to climb through the window to catch the man.

The Basel police have several Teslas as patrol cars. These always lead to debates. Soon in a situation that looks like it’s straight out of a slapstick movie.

Two Basel police officers want to check on the cyclist, but they can’t get out because the doors of their Tesla are locked. So they continue to follow the person in the car, they try to get out of their car several times but they cannot open the doors.

The description of the severe suffering comes from Basel news site Top news from the local mission archive.

The suspect also noticed that the officers could not get out of their car and at times drove in front of them at a walking pace. He later collides with a patrol car. One of the two trapped police officers was able to hold the man’s jacket through the window.

One gets in, the other crawls out of the patrol car

Finally, one officer managed to get into the car through the window. Another crawls out of the car under the half-open wing door (“Falcon Wing”). Together they arrest the man.

As Basel police informed Prime News, the doors of Tesla patrol cars should be opened using a cable in an emergency. It is unclear whether the two police officers were unaware of this tactic or whether they used it by mistake. The press office only reported that the workers were being properly trained.

And what about the cyclist? He was carrying drugs and was already known to the German police.