MONTARA, Calif. — The driver of a car that fell 250 feet from a treacherous cliff in Northern California, injuring his two young children and his wife, has been released from the hospital and jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse, the authorities said. authorities on Friday. .

Dharmesh A. Patel, 41, was booked into the jail where he was being held without bail and could face arraignment Monday afternoon if the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office decides to file criminal charges, that office said.

The office did not say when he was released from the hospital.

It was not immediately clear if Patel had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

The Pasadena man was critically injured when the Tesla sedan plunged off the cliff at Devils Slide, along Pacific Coast Highway on January 2.

Rescuers initially hailed the family’s survival as a miracle after the sedan plummeted in an area about 15 miles south of San Francisco known for fatal crashes.

Firefighters were forced to separate the family, including Patel’s wife of 41 years, 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, out of the rubble.

Patel was later arrested after California Highway Patrol investigators «developed probable cause to believe this incident was an intentional act,» the agency said.

However, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said this week that investigators are also examining the Tesla Model Y to rule out the possibility of a mechanical problem.

“Have the brakes failed? Did the brakes work? Was there any other mechanical malfunction that would have prevented you from stopping the vehicle?” Wagstaffe told the Los Angeles Times. “We are checking the car from top to bottom.”