Woman brags about making phony 911 call so she could drive home drunk

This was not smart, to say the least.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Nov 23, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:50 pm CDT

Haley Oates had what she thought was great idea to get the police off her trail as she allegedly attempted to drive home while intoxicated. But as we’ve seen over and over and over (and over and over), bragging about your crimes on social media is a surefire way to inflame the police and get yourself busted.

Oates, of New Jersey, allegedly called 911 to report that a woman was being assaulted at one location so she could drive home under the influence from a different area without police spitting her. Then the 25-year-old seemingly posted a social media message that read, “lmao.. 2 mins later the cop peals out.. silly piggies tricks r for u.”

When officers arrived with lights and sirens to interrupt the called-in assault at 3:15 a.m. on Nov. 16, they found no evidence of a crime. A couple of days later, after police found Oates’ message, the Record reported, Oates was arrested and charged with filing false reports to law enforcement and creating a false public alarm.

“You’re misusing the system,” Wayne police detective Laurence Martin said, via CBS New York. “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? And then bragging about it on social media—that’s as dumb as it gets.”

Another reason the police were so incensed: a Paramus, New Jersey, police officer died in 1993 while responding to a false call.

Said Martin, via the Daily Record, “That horrible memory resonates in our minds and drives our response to this harassment of the law enforcement and public safety community.”

H/T CBS New YorkPhoto by Edward Simpson/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2015, 3:52 pm CST