- A man in Louisiana said a Tesla backed into him and knocked him down in a gas station parking lot.
- The car’s onboard camera appears to show him faking being hit by the car and pretending to fall.
- He is now facing criminal charges.
A man in Louisiana was arrested after claiming he had been injured by a Tesla in a hit-an-run after it was discovered that he staged the incident.
Arthur Bates Jr., 47, called 911 on Friday to report he was “injured after being struck by a Tesla” in a gas station parking lot, the Slidell Police Department said in a statement on Facebook.
Bates claimed the driver of the Tesla backed into him and reported that he had neck, back, and leg injuries. Slidell PD said an ambulance was sent to the scene. A spokesperson for Slidell PD did not immediately answer Insider’s request for comment.
Police tracked down the Tesla driver, who accused Bates of intentionally jumping behind his car and staging his fall and injuries. One of the Tesla’s onboard cameras captured the incident. The video shared by Slidell PD appears to show the driver checking on Bates before driving away.
“When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event,” the Slidell PD statement said.
Bates later “admitted to fabricating the entire event” and was arrested for “false swearing with the intent to cause an emergency response,” the department said.