A 25-year-old woman allegedly called police in New Jersey to report a false assault so she could drive home drunk without being intercepted by the cops.
Hayley Oates allegedly called 911 at 3:15 a.m. Nov. 16 to say a woman was being assaulted in the parking lot of a bar in Wayne, New Jersey, NJ.com reported.
Police responded to the incident, but found no witnesses or signs of an assault. After checking surveillance cameras, they confirmed no such incident took place.
Meanwhile, with the police car having gone to another location, Oates drove home with an unidentified male companion.
A significant piece of evidence which led police to identify Oates, who is from Parsippany, New Jersey, was a social media post she made. Oates wrote she was laughing after making the call because “2 mins later the cop peals out ... silly piggies tricks r for u.”
“The Wayne Police Department takes these events extremely seriously ... Falsely creating a situation that requires officers to execute emergency response, indicating that an event exists that's a threat to life or property, is inexcusable and reprehensible behavior,” a police statement read, according to NJ.com.
Wayne Police Department Detective Captain Laurence Martin pointed to the impact such actions had on their overall service.
“You’re misusing the system. You have 911 personnel that are answering the call. You have police officers that should be doing other things, are now responding to a call that’s false so that you can drive away drunk?” He said, CBS New York reported. “And then bragging about it on social media — that’s as dumb as it gets.”
Oates is charged with filing false reports to law enforcement and creating a false public alarm.