Louisiana man Arthur Bates Jr has reportedly been arrested for lying about being hit by a Tesla car after the vehicle’s 360-degree camera system recorded the entire ordeal. The man told police he was wounded after being struck by the reversing Tesla in the parking lot of a busy gas station in Slidell, just outside New Orleans, last weekend.
However, video of the incident filmed on the electric vehicle’s cameras proves Bates faked his injuries.
Who is Arthur Bates Jr?
Arthur Bates Jr has been named as the Louisiana man who accused a Tesla driver of backing into him at a busy gas station and fleeing the scene but he has now been arrested after the intelligent vehicle recorded him falsifying the incident. The Slidell Police Department responded to a call at about 4 pm on Friday, September 3.
They pointed out a man who had been injured in an alleged hit-and-run.
Arthur Bates Jr. told officers the Tesla backed into him and caused him to fall to the pavement, adding that the driver fled the scene. https://t.co/sLPYCxpSnO
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 7, 2021
How old is Arthur Bates Jr?
Arthur Bates Jr is 47 years old as of the year 2021.
Arthur Bates Jr Louisiana
According to the reports, upon arrival of the officers at the scene, the cops found Mr. Arthur Bates Jr., who told them a Tesla driver had backed the car into him at a gas station parking lot, Fox News reported.
“Bates was complaining of back, leg, and neck injuries, resulting in an ambulance and fire truck to be dispatched to the location,” the Slidell Police Department said in a statement.
“Unbeknownst to Bates, Tesla’s record all the footage of their cameras,” the department continued.
“When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying”.
Arthur Bates Jr Footage
Officials released video footage from the incident today.
The clip showed Bates walking across the parking lot from the pumps at a considerable distance from the Tesla. However, he then comes up and stops just off the left rear fender of the vehicle. The Tesla starts to back up and stops before Bates steps into the back bumper and falls, later pretending to be in pain.
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
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) September 6, 2021
The driver subsequently steps into the camera view, removes Bates’s foot from the bumper, and drives away.
Arthur Bates Jr Tesla Accident
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.
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.
Arthur was arrested for faking a police report.
What We Know So Far
The driver of the Tesla “stated that Bates intentionally jumped behind his vehicle and staged the accident,” the Slidell Police Department said of the incident. “Bates subsequently admitted to fabricating the entire event” and is now facing one count of False Swearing with the Intent to Cause an Emergency Response, the department added.
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