TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – An Indianapolis woman will appear in court next week accused of lying about being pulled over by a police impersonator.
Terre Haute police reported false reporting has been a big problem this year having dealt with five false reports of felonies so far in 2016.
Detectives arrested Adrienne Sahm, 25, at her home in Indianapolis on Friday morning.
It was on Feb. 16 that Sahm reported she was pulled over by someone impersonating a police officer. Terre Haute police quickly figured out she was lying.
THPD Sgt. Lewis explained it takes a lot of time, effort and resources to investigate felonies and they have to do the same in investigating a story that turns out to be false.
“We’ve had two detectives assigned to it. This has been going on since Feb. 16 – doing the legwork on it, going door to door canvassing, going around to businesses checking cameras,” Sgt. Lewis said. “We’re wasting 80 to 120 man-hours on investigating an incident that never happened.”
Meanwhile, police stress that if you are a crime victim, please report it. They don’t want this incident to scare off people who legitimately need the help of police.