A man claimed he was struck by a Tesla at a gas station. But car’s camera showed a different story

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Police in Slidell, Louisiana, say they arrested a man Friday accused of faking being struck by a car. According to police, Arthur Bates Jr. was arrested for falsifying a police report after he claimed he had been hit by a Tesla in a busy gas station parking lot. Around 4 p.m. officers responded to the 1400 block of Fremaux Avenue after Bates Jr. called 911 to report he was injured after being struck by a Tesla. 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 firetruck being dispatched to the location, according to Slidell Police. 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. Police say unbeknownst to Bates, Teslas record all the footage on their cameras. When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, they said it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event. Bates admitted to fabricating the entire event and was arrested for false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.

Police in Slidell, Louisiana, say they arrested a man Friday accused of faking being struck by a car.

According to police, Arthur Bates Jr. was arrested for falsifying a police report after he claimed he had been hit by a Tesla in a busy gas station parking lot.

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Around 4 p.m. officers responded to the 1400 block of Fremaux Avenue after Bates Jr. called 911 to report he was injured after being struck by a Tesla.

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 firetruck being dispatched to the location, according to Slidell Police.

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.

Police say unbeknownst to Bates, Teslas record all the footage on their cameras.

When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, they said it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event.

Bates admitted to fabricating the entire event and was arrested for false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.

Contributed by local news sources

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