Man arrested on suspicion of bogus gunpoint carjacking claim
A man who claimed to have been carjacked at gunpoint last night has been arrested – after West Midlands Police officers found evidence suggesting he’d invented the story in a bid to cover up a drink drive crash.
Police received a 999 call at 8pm from a man reporting his black BMW 3-Series had been stolen by three men – one armed with a gun – while sitting in his vehicle in Alum Rock Road.
Armed police – who were already patrolling nearby in an unmarked vehicle – were deployed to the scene and shortly afterwards came across the BMW abandoned having collided with another vehicle in Bridge Road.
Fast-acting cops managed to obtain mobile phone footage from a member of the public who’d witnessed the crash showing people fleeing the collision – one of whom was a dead ringer for the man claiming to have been robbed!
A 29-year-old man from Tyseley was swiftly arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and remains in police custody this morning.
West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Delroy Padmore, said: “The man had reported a very serious incident: a robbery and three men in Birmingham armed with a potentially live and deadly weapon.
“A firearms incident was declared, armed police deployed to the scene and support requested from a specialist dog unit. As you would expect, a considerably amount of resources were involved given the gravity of what was being reported.
“Anyone who wastes police time by calling us with bogus reports risks being arrested and, potentially, taken to court. Such offences carry a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment or fines.”