Man reported carjacking to avoid jail for driving without license

By Janice Broach - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police investigated a bizarre case in South Memphis Wednesday in which a man who claimed he was carjacked was instead still behind the wheel.

Police said Michael Williams called 911 from a cell phone to report his car had been stolen in the area of Third and Belz.

Later in the day, Williams and his girlfriend, who actually owns the car, reported that they had been carjacked by a man in the same area.

When police questioned Williams about his cell phone use, he admitted to fleeing from police because he did not want to go to jail for driving without a license.

Williams said he bailed out of the Ford Crown Victoria as police pursued him for running a red light.  Williams then said he ran into the woods.

Officers searched the area for Williams but never found him.  They then towed his girlfriend's car.

Williams was charged with making a false report, evading arrest, reckless driving and disregarding a red light.

"He should have just pulled over," said Kelvin Bonds, Williams' neighbor.

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