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Police say man concocted carjacking story to cover up crash

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John R. Jones (source: Louisville Metro Police Department) John R. Jones (source: Louisville Metro Police Department)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a man who crashed his vehicle after a night of drinking made up a story about being carjacked to stay out of trouble.

According to the arrest report, 21-year-old John R. Jones called police around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and said a black man put a gun to his head and pulled him from his vehicle while he was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Breckenridge Lane and Sudbury Lane.

While officers were interviewing Jones, they noticed his eyes were bloodshot and seemed unsteady on his feet. The arrest report says he "smelled of alcohol" and told officers he had been drinking at the Golden Nugget just before his vehicle was stolen.

When the story Jones told didn't match what his passenger told officers, they questioned Jones again and he allegedly admitted, on camera, that he lied about the carjacking to avoid responsibility for crashing into a yard in the 3100 block of Sudbury Lane.

Jones took a breathalyzer test and blew a .091, according to police. He was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, and false reporting.

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