Driver Phones In Fake 911 Call To Avoid Speeding Ticket
It was a frantic call to 911. The caller told the dispatcher that he was watching a shooting in progress right in front of him.
"911. What is the address of your emergency?" asked the 911 dispatcher.
"I see there's a murder that's going to happen," said the caller. "I swear!"
The caller continued, saying, "There's a man with a gun. I see he's 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!"
Cops say the call was a hoax. The man allegedly on the phone, 52-year-old Julius Lupowitz, was accused of making the whole thing up just to get out of a speeding ticket.
"Definitely someone's going to get shot. Please!" said Lupowitz on the 911 call. "Wingate and Hollywood in Melbourne, Florida. I swear there's going to be a murder any second!" continued Lupowitz on the phone with the 911 operator.
Police said the businessman was trying to get the arresting officer to head to the scene of the fake crime and forget about writing his speeding ticket. But when dispatcher hit called ID and found out the name of the caller and announced it on police radio, the jig was up.
Lt. Richard Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department told INSIDE EDITION, "It was the quick-thinking dispatcher that put two-and-two together and looked up the telephone number of the 911 calls. And when she looked that up she found that Mr. Lupowitz had made previous calls from the same number and that's how she was able to tie it to him."
Lupowitz, he is no stranger to trying to fake out the cops. In 2011, he was found guilty of making a "false report" to police after staging a fake car crash.
Instead of a $200 speeding ticket, Lupowitz faces five years in prison.
"I have never heard of anything like this before," said Lt. Cordeau. "He really tried, but unfortunately for him, it didn't work."