Teen charged after crashing dad's Mercedes, lying to deputies

Deputies, K-9 officers search Berryhill Rd in Cordova

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 17-year-old now faces criminal charges after a Mercedes-Benz crashed in his neighborhood.

"This kind of foolishness won't be tolerated," Chip Washington, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, said.

Deputies arrived on Berryhill Road in Cordova around noon Friday. They found a crashed silver Mercedes-Benz in the road without a right-front tire.

Deputies said a 17-year-old told them he'd been kidnapped. He said a man dressed in all black and wearing a bandanna came to his front door, demanded car keys, and forced him inside the car at gunpoint. He said the man drove him down the road a few blocks before crashing into a pole and running into the woods.

Deputies started searching the woods trying to find the man in black. The only problem: that man doesn't exist.

The teen eventually admitted he was the one who crashed his father's car. He admitted to playing hooky and going for a joyride.

"He [the teen] is the one that caused a lot of our manpower to be utilized in an improper way," Washington said.

The teenager is charged with evading arrest, false reporting and leaving the scene of an accident. He will have to appear in juvenile court.

"I would advise in the future if you start to think about something like this: don't," Washington said. "Remove it from your mind, because we will come out. We will take action and you won't like what happens"

Deputies said false reports make it difficult for them to do their job. Friday, while they were out searching for a gunman that didn't exist, an emergency could have been happening somewhere else.

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