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Louisiana Man Arrested After Tesla's Camera Captures Him Allegedly Faking Being Hit by Car

Josephine 08/09/2021

A Louisiana man has been arrested for allegedly lying about being struck by a Tesla after the vehicle's 360-degree camera system recorded the entire ordeal.

Arthur Bates Jr., 47, allegedly told police he was injured after being hit by the reversing Tesla in the parking lot of a busy gas station in Slidell, just outside New Orleans, last Friday.

But video of the incident filmed on the electric vehicle's cameras proves Bates faked his injuries, according to police.

The ordeal unfolded when Bates called 911 to allege he was suffering from back, leg and neck injuries after being struck by the electric car.

First responders, including an ambulance and a fire truck, were dispatched to the scene.

Bates told police the Tesla driver had fled in the aftermath.

When police eventually tracked down the Tesla driver, he told officers Bates had intentionally jumped behind the car as it was reversing.

Police said that unbeknownst to Bates, Teslas come equipped with multiple cameras that record around the entire vehicle.

The footage, which was released publicly by police, showed Bates throwing himself to the ground as the Tesla started reversing.

A person, believed to be the Tesla driver, could be seen speaking to Bates immediately after.

Bates was still lying on the ground as the driver of the Tesla drove off.

"When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla's video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event," police said in a statement.

He allegedly admitted lying about being struck after being confronted with the footage, according to police, and was arrested for falsifying a police report.

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