A white Tesla in the ocean in Carpinteria.
Things turned out badly for a Tesla owner who decided to drive onto the shoreline in Carpinteria. The electric vehicle became swamped by the rising tide. (Robin Karlsson photo)

A local Tesla owner learned the hard way that driving on the beach in Carpinteria is a bad idea.

Authorities were alerted Monday morning that a Tesla vehicle had been spotted in the ocean near Sandyland, according to Raquel Zick, public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, along with personnel from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District.

They checked the vehicle, and determined that no one was trapped inside, Zick told Noozhawk.

Deputies then checked with the registered owner to make sure the electric vehicle had not been stolen. It was not, she said.

“The owner drove onto the sand, and then the tide came in,” Zick said. “The situation went from bad to worse.”

It’s unclear why the vehicle’s owner, who was not identified, decided to drive onto the shoreline, which is not legal.

“We advised the owner, you need to get your car out of the ocean,” Zick said.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at tbolton@noozhawk.com.