A man was arrested on Friday after police say he filed a false report of being hit by a car. The man called 911 around 4:00 p.m. local time to report he was injured. He told them he was hit by at Tesla at a busy gas station.
47-year-old, Arthur Bates Jr. told officers the Tesla backed into him, causing him to fall to the pavement. He said the driver took off after the incident. He was complaining of back, leg, and neck injuries, so an ambulance and fire truck were called to the scene. 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.
Bates man not have known but the Tesla recorded the incident with its rear camera.
When police reviewed the video, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event.
Bates admitted to making up the entire incident and was arrested for false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.