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Reminder: Calling 911 to Report a Fake Shooting Will Not Get You Out of a Ticket

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Salvador Sanchez-Buenrostro definitely did not want to get a ticket on September 17th, mostly because his license was suspended. Unfortunately for him, though, a Gresham city police officer pulled him over, and soon realized Sanchez-Buenrostro’s predicament. The officer began writing up a citation for driving with a suspended license.

Then Sanchez-Buenrostro got what must have seemed like a clever idea: he would call 911 and report a shooting on the other side of town under a fake, which would somehow get him out of the ticket.


salvador sanchez-buenrostro

You can probably guess how well that went

We are not sure what this would have gained Sanchez-Buenrostro. Perhaps he thought that the police officer would be called away to deal with this more serious crime, but that makes no sense, as it seems more than likely that the city of Gresham, Oregon, which has a population of over 109,000, would have more than one police officer. Perhaps Sanchez-Buenrostro thought that a shooting in the quiet town of Gresham would bring all police officers running.


In any case, the call was quickly traced back to the location of the traffic stop (across town from where the “shooting” would have occurred), and the officer was given Sanchez-Buenrostro’s phone number. The officer quickly determined that the number was, in fact, Sanchez-Buenrostro’s phone. We hope that he did it by calling him.

Traffic Stop with Pickup

“Hi, is this Salvador Sanchez-Buenrostro?”
“Yes, who is this?”
“Your arresting officer. Please step out of the car.”
Picture: Richard Bauer

Sanchez-Buenrostro was arrested on charges of improper use of 911 and later released.

News Source: The Oregonian