Slidell, LA – A suspect’s poor acting skills were captured by a Tesla video camera last week, clearing the driver he claimed had crashed into him in a gas station parking lot, according to police.
The incident occurred in the bustling parking lot of a gas station located in the 1400-block of Fremaux Avenue at approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 3, the Slidell Police Department (SPD) said in a Facebook post on Monday.
Officers responded to the scene after 47-year-old Arthur Bates called 911 to report that a Tesla backed into him and knocked him to the ground, 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 SPD noted.
Officers were able to track down the driver of the Tesla and spoke to him about the alleged hit-and-run.
The driver told investigators that Bates “intentionally jumped behind his vehicle and staged the accident,” and noted his Tesla’s camera footage would prove it, according to the post.
“Unbeknownst to Bates, Tesla’s record all the footage of their cameras,” the SPD said. “When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event.”
Police released the footage on Monday.
The video showed Bates casually walking behind the Tesla and stopping near the rear bumper.
As the car backed up, the suspect stepped towards it and appeared to touch the corner of the vehicle.
He then theatrically threw his hands out to his sides and laid down on the pavement with one foot resting on the car’s bumper, the video showed.
The footage, which did not have any sound, showed Bates lying on the pavement as someone walked over and knocked his foot off of the car.
He sat up and rolled away slightly as the Tesla drove off.
Bates allegedly confessed that the lied about the entire event, according to the SPD.
He was arrested on a charge of false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
Louisiana police have arrested a man for falsifying a police report. Arthur Bates Jr. told officers a Tesla backed into him, causing him to fall over, and that the driver then fled the scene. (📸: Slidell Police Department) pic.twitter.com/zElUvqXjG8
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