A New York driver who reported his car stolen with his son inside in Connecticut on Friday ended up under arrest after police said he lied about the boy in hopes of getting a quicker response.
Officers were told someone made off with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz while it was left running shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at a Waterbury gas station, city police said in a statement.
The driver told 911 that his 11-year-old son was in the car when he was taken away, but officers ultimately determined that he fabricated the boy’s presence to try to make the matter seem more urgent, the statement said.
The 36-year-old driver was arrested on charges of misusing the 911 system. He was released with an appearance ticket, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on the charges.
The police had not yet found the car.