A teenager admitted to staging a motorcycle accident after CCTV footage captured him wheeling his bike onto a road and crawling under it in Mansfield, England, on May 1, police said.
Nottinghamshire Police released this footage as part of a public call for people to think twice before wasting the time of emergency services. The footage shows the 19-year-old staging the accident on Sutton Road in Mansfield, prompting a large emergency response.
“Police, fire and ambulance crews all attended and closed the road for over an hour whilst a multi-agency approach was conducted after the apparent casualty pretended to slip in and out of consciousness,” police said. “But the 19-year-old was simply wasting the time and resource of three emergency services.”
The teenager was secured to a stretcher and taken to hospital after he told medics he could not feel his legs or the right side of his body. Police said they discovered the crash was staged when they reviewed CCTV to establish the cause of the crash.
“The teenager was interviewed and it wasn’t until he was shown the CCTV that he admitted he had lied about the whole incident,” police said.
PC Gareth James, who investigated the incident, criticized the teenager for wasting the time of emergency services, potentially delaying responses to those in need. “It is right that he was prosecuted for wasting emergency services time," James said. “He received a fixed penalty notice which has now been paid.” Credit: Nottinghamshire Police via Storyful