LAPD announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver in the viral “flying” Tesla videos.

Being shared throughout social media by locals and celebrities alike, March 20 videos showed a Tesla driving at high speeds between Baxter and Alvarado street in Echo Park, before launching off an inclined portion of the street and eventually into another vehicle.

While the driver fled, the Tesla was left on scene and is believed to have been rented through Enterprise, with investigators already having contacted the renter for information.

LAPD has followed a few leads, but Detective Calvin Dehesa informed L.A. Weekly that it seems unlikely that any suspect will come forward.

“We just don’t want to see it duplicated,” Dehesa said.

A social media influencer by the name of Dominykas Zeglaitis, or @durtedom, is a person of interest after a now deleted TikTok post hinting at his involvement, but many copycat videos and tweets have been posted in a similar joking fashion.

“The made-for-social media stunt on Baxter Street in Echo Park was reckless and stupid. It very well could have killed someone,” Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said in a statement Monday. “My office has worked extensively with the local community to make this network of streets, including Baxter, safer. That work, and residents’ rights to safe neighborhoods, needs to be protected from this type of idiocy.”

O’Farrell added scrutiny toward social media platforms for “allowing” videos such as this one to be posted.

“Social media companies must step up and stop allowing the posting of dangerous and illegal stunts by individuals or groups that endanger others for the sole purpose of gaining likes and followers,” O’Farrell said.

Jordan Hook, whose car was hit by the Tesla, has started a crowdfunding campaign for repairs to his Subaru. His goal of $20,000 has already been met, as of this writing.

“We know who organized and facilitated this mess (he made a video about it on his YouTube Channel) but the cops said they won’t pursue it because it’s just property damage and not a felony so they will probably get off with no consequences,” Hook said.

Funds for the $1,000 reward are coming from Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund that was amended by the Los Angeles City Council in 2015. In order to receive the award, Detective Dehesa said the information would have to come from someone who was either in the car with the driver, or explicitly saw them coming out of the car.

LA Weekly