Two Seattle men are facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly calling the police and reporting that their car had been stolen. However, there was one fairly significant problem with their story: when police arrived, they found the men actually sitting in the car that they had reported missing.
According to police reports, the alleged drunk driving incident began just after midnight when 911 dispatchers received a call from a man who stated that his car had been stolen. Police began looking for the vehicle in the area in which the man said he had last seen it. When they found the car, the officers pulled it over and ordered the two male occupants to get out.
Upon questioning the men, however, the officers soon realized that something just wasn't right. They deduced that one of the men was the registered owner of the car, and that he had also been the one to call 911 and report that his car - the very one he was sitting in - had been stolen.
When he was questioned about this detail, the car's owner reportedly told police that he had reported his car as stolen because he believed the other man in the car to be drunk, and that he therefore did not want the other man to drive it. After making the 911 call, however, the owner allowed the allegedly drunk man to get behind the wheel anyway.
This strange story ended with both men being arrested. Now, the driver of the car is facing DUI charges, and the owner has been charged with making a false claim to police.
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Cops say fake stolen-car story lands 2 in jail," April 29, 2012
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