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Man Arrested After Tesla Camera Shows He Faked Being Run Over

Jake Massey

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Man Arrested After Tesla Camera Shows He Faked Being Run Over

A man in the US has been arrested after he faked being run over by a Tesla. Watch the footage which gave him away here:


Arthur Bates Jr. called 911 claiming to have been hit by a Tesla at a petrol station in Slidell, Louisiana.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and the 47-year-old told officers the driver had fled, leaving him with back, leg and neck injuries.

Police were able to track down the Tesla and the driver said that Bates jumped behind the vehicle on purpose.

Little did Bates know that Teslas record the footage on their cameras, and after reviewing this, officers were able to establish that he'd been lying about the whole thing.

In the video, he can be seen dramatically throwing himself behind the slowly reversing vehicle and yelling as he gradually tumbled to the ground.

On Friday (3 September), Bates was arrested and admitted to making the whole thing up.

His amateur dramatics were caught on camera. Credit: Slidell Police Department
His amateur dramatics were caught on camera. Credit: Slidell Police Department

Recounting what happened on Facebook, Slidell Police Department said the Tesla had 'outsmarted Bates'.

The post read: "On Friday, September 3rd, Slidell Police arrested a man, for falsifying a police report, after he claimed to have been hit by a Tesla in a busy gas station parking lot.

"Around 4.00pm, Slidell Police responded to the 1400 block of Fremaux Avenue after a man called 911 to report he was injured, after being struck by a Tesla.

"The man, identified as 47-year-old, Arthur Bates Jr., told officers the Tesla backed into him, causing him to fall to the pavement, and that the driver then fled the scene.

"Bates was complaining of back, leg and neck injuries, resulting in an ambulance and fire truck to be dispatched to the location."

The statement continued: "Slidell Police officers later found the Tesla and spoke to the driver of the vehicle. The driver stated that Bates intentionally jumped behind his vehicle and staged the accident.

"Unbeknownst to Bates, Teslas record all the footage of their cameras. When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla's video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event.

"Bates subsequently admitted to fabricating the entire event and was arrested for L.R.S. 14:126.1 (False Swearing with the Intent to Cause an Emergency Response)."

Featured Image Credit: Slidell Police Department

Topics: Police, tesla, Fail, US News, crime, Car, Cars

Jake Massey
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