A 47-year-old Louisiana man was arrested after calling 911 to report that he was hit by a Tesla, but video footage reviewed by authorities told a very different story.
According to the Slidell Police Department, Arthur Bates Jr. called 911 claiming that a Tesla had backed into him, causing neck and back injuries at around 4 p.m. Friday.
Bates insisted that the Tesla driver did a hit-and-run, but when police contacted the driver, he claimed Bates made up the whole thing – and there was video proof that the entire thing was a fabrication.
Unbeknownst to the aspiring con artist, The self-driving car recorded the entire incident.
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When Slidell police officers viewed the video footage, it became abundantly clear that Bates staged the whole thing and was lying, the department said in a prepared statement.
After being confronted by police, the suspect admitted to faking being hit and was arrested on a charge of false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.