Tuesday, 07 September 2021 18:37

Tesla Outsmarts Man Who Stages Hit & Run by Model 3, Arrest Follows

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati



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Recently, the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana arrested a man who falsely claimed he was hit by a Tesla Model 3 at a gas station.

Arthur Bates Jr., 47, called 911 to report an injury after a Tesla Model 3 allegedly hit him. The Slidell police responded to Bates’ call. An ambulance and fire truck were also dispatched because Bates complained of back, leg and neck injuries.


Bates told the police a Tesla had backed into him, causing him to fall onto the pavement. He also claimed the Tesla owner fled the scene after the incident.


When Slidell police found the Tesla Model 3 and spoke to the driver, a different story came to light. The Tesla driver informed officers Bates intentionally jumped behind his vehicle and staged the accident.


Usually, in cases like these, it becomes a “he said, she said” situation. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case with the Bates incident, thanks to Tesla being Tesla.


“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,” wrote the Slidell Police Department.


With video evidence of his deceit, Bates admitted to his lying about the supposed accident. He was subsequently arrested for false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response.


There are two forms of punishment for any person convicted of the charge. If the false communication does not result in an emergency response, the person faces imprisonment for no more than six months, a fine of no more than $500 or both.


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