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Man calls 911 reporting fake carjacking in hopes deputies would help find where he parked

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SPANAWAY, Wash. (KOMO) -- If you for some reason can't remember where you parked your car, calling 911 to report a fake carjacking is not the best way to find it.

It will, however, help you find the backseat of a police car.

The man called 911 Sunday evening reporting he had just been carjacked at knife-point at a Walmart in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Five Pierce County Sheriff's deputies raced to the scene and found the victim, who it turns out wasn't really a victim, except of bad judgment.

There was no carjacking -- the man said he couldn't remember where he parked his car and figured deputies would get there faster if he said he was carjacked, deputies said. He even provided a fake description of an attacker to 911 dispatchers "so it would sound more real."

He did tell deputies he was "really sorry" he wasted their time.

Deputies wasted no time in putting the man in handcuffs and drove him around the parking lot until the man found his Dodge Charger -- right where he had parked it. The man told deputies he always fears his car has been stolen.

The 46-year-old man was then booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of false reporting.

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