Man tries to avoid speeding ticket by reporting fake emergency to 911

A man in Florida had the bright idea last week to make a phony call to 911 in an attempt to get out of a speeding ticket. Not surprisingly, he just ended up in more trouble then ever. Julius Lupowitz was pulled over in West Melbourne, FL last Thursday for speeding. When the officer turned his back, Lupowitz called 911 and reported a man with a gun not far from where he was stopped. The 911 call was released by officials:

“There’s definitely someone going to get shot. Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please,” Lupowitz tells 911 operators, according to ABC. “There’s a man with a gun. I see him looking at me but I don’t think he sees I’m on a cell phone. I swear I’m so scared I might get killed myself. Please.”

Lupowitz was hoping the officer who pulled him over would be forced to respond to the more serious call, but the cop stuck around. Instead, it was his fellow police officers that had their time wasted looking for an imaginary gunman. When police realized there was no threat the 911 operator tracked down who made the call. Lupowitz’s name was announced over police radio while the officer was still writing the ticket. Instead of a $200 speeding ticket Lupowitz now is facing a felony charge and a five-year maximum prison sentence for making false calls to 911.

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