A Louisiana man was arrested after claiming he was hit by a Tesla on a parking lot and being injured, but video footage showed otherwise.

What most people don't know about Teslas is that the vehicles have cameras on every side of the car, and the car records everything those cameras see.

"Unbeknownst to Bates, Tesla’s record all the footage of their cameras," the police department said in a Facebook post. "When Slidell Police officers reviewed the Tesla’s video footage, it became apparent that Bates was lying and staged the entire event."


The incident unfolded on Friday at about 4pm, when the Slidell Police Department responded to a call from 47-year-old Austin Bates Jr, who said a Tesla driver backed into him in a parking lot and then took off.

"Bates was complaining of back, leg and neck injuries, resulting in an ambulance and fire truck to be dispatched to the location," the department said.

The driver told officers that Bates "intentionally jumped behind his vehicle and staged the accident."

Bates is now facing a charge of False Swearing with the Intent to Cause an Emergency Response.

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