A 47-year-old San Mateo man allegedly lied to police that he was carjacked after he fell from eastbound state Highway 92 early Thursday morning, according to the San Mateo Police Department.
The man, whose name has not been released, told authorities he escaped from his vehicle after he was carjacked in the area of U.S. Highway 101 and Highway 92 at about 2 a.m., San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.
The man said he then fell from the highway while running from a suspect on foot, according to Norris.
He suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The California Highway Patrol assisted San Mateo police in a search for the carjacking suspect.
Detectives re-interviewed the victim later in the morning and determined he had falsified the report of the carjacking, Norris said.
In fact, the man had run out of gas, and became nervous when contact by police, according to Norris.
A number of police resources were expended in the course of this investigation, and falsification of a police report is a crime. The man had not been arrested as of Thursday afternoon, but the San Mateo Police Department will forward the report of this incident to the San Mateo County District Attorney for consideration of False Report charges against the fall victim in this case.