GRESHAM, Ore., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- An Oregon police department said a man pulled over for a traffic violation was arrested for making a hoax 911 call in an attempt to avoid a ticket.
The Gresham Police Department said Salvador Sanchez-Buenrostro, 42, was pulled over for a traffic violation about 12:55 a.m. Thursday and the officer soon discovered the motorist was driving with a suspended license.
The officer returned to the patrol vehicle to write a citation, and allegedly used the opportunity to call 911 and file a false report of a nearby shooting in an apparent attempt to draw the officer's attention elsewhere.
Police said Sanchez-Buenrostro gave the dispatcher a fake name, but the call was traced to the location of the traffic stop and the phone number was matched to the motorist's cellphone.
Sanchez-Buenrostro later admitted to making the false report, police said.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of improper use of 911. Police said he was also ticketed for his original traffic violation.