WEST MELBOURNE, Florida (KGO) --People try all kinds of tactics to get out of a speeding ticket, but one driver's accused of taking it a step further -- calling in a phony possible murder to divert police.
Officers say 52-year-old Julius Lupowitz made the call when he was pulled over for speeding while the officer's back was turned.
"There's definitely someone going to get shot. Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please," a man says on the 911 call released by officials. "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."
Other officers raced to the intersection reported by the caller, but the officer who stopped Lupowitz stayed put.
Dispatchers then tracked down the caller's name.
"Our officer was standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz's vehicle and realized, at that point, that this was the same person that was making the 911 calls," West Melbourne Police Lt. Richard Cordeau said.
Police say Lupowitz admits he made his call to get the officer to ditch him and go to the phony emergency.
His hoax could be costly. Instead of a $200 speeding ticket, Lupowiitz faces up to five years in jail if convicted.