A 20-year-old man led law enforcement officers on a two-hour search for two carjackers Saturday afternoon before admitting he made up the story.
The man, who reportedly concocted the story to cover up a mistake, was released to his father after the incident. Police plan to forward the case to prosecutors who will decide Monday whether to file charges.
He reportedly told police a man and a woman carjacked the pickup he was driving from McDonald’s restaurant in Cheney about 3:30 p.m. The man reported he chased the car to an area three-quarters of a mile north of Cheney where the carjackers abandoned it on railroad tracks.
Minutes later the truck was hit by a train.
Police said the man drove the truck, which is owned by a family friend, onto the tracks himself and couldn’t get it off. When the man ran to get help, a train slammed into the truck. He concocted the story to cover it up.