A Florida man dialed 911 and told operators that he was witnessing a murder about to take place in a bid to get away with a speeding ticket. Julius Lupowitz, 52, called the emergency line after he was pulled over for speeding in an attempt to get the officer who was dealing with him called away to an emergency.

Police have stated that the 52-year-old dialed from his mobile phone while the police officer was turned away from his car. He told operate that: “There’s definitely someone going to get shot. Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please. 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.”

This led to several police being sent to the supposed location of the murder but the officer writing out his ticket wasn’t called away as he had hoped. Meanwhile, operators were able to trace the phone used and get the name of the owner, which they then announced over the police radio. This alerted the officer who realized it was the speeding driver and promptly arrested him.

As well as the speeding ticket and fine, the 52-year-old also faces a more serious felony charge that could lead to a five-year jail sentence if he is found guilty.

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