WEST MELBOURNE, Florida (KRON) — A man who faced a $209 speeding ticket could now spend five years in prison for the unique and illegal way he allegedly used to dodge the citation.
A police officer pulled over Julius Lupowitz for speeding. Investigators say instead of taking his ticket, Lupowitz grabbed his phone and dialed 911 to report an imminent murder.
“I see there’s a murder that’s going to happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate. No, Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood, Wingate and Hollywood,” the 911 call transcripts read. “I swear there’s going to be a murder any second. I swear there’s a man with a gun. Please, I just called, it’s Wingate and Hollywood.”
Police say it appears Lupowitz hoped the officer who pulled him over would skip the ticket to respond to the murder. Instead dispatchers traced his number and the policeman set to write Lupowitz up realized the 911 was coming from inside the car.
Lupowitz could face up to five years in prison if he’s convicted of a third-degree felony charge for misuse of the 911 system.
Oh, and he still got the speeding ticket.
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