A woman faked her own kidnapping because she was “intoxicated by fear” of getting caught driving under the influence, police told ABC News.
The Beverly Police Department in Massachusetts charged Maria Brayfield, 24, with filling a false police report on Monday.
“She maintained that she was kidnapped until she was questioned by our department’s criminal investigations unit,” said department spokesman Officer Michael Boccuzzi.
That is when Brayfield confessed, he said.
“She said she was ‘intoxicated by fear’ and that she was afraid she had been driving under the influence,” Boccuzzi said.
Police could not confirm if Brayfield had been actually driving while intoxicated.
Brayfield was found early Monday morning on the side of a highway by two men.
“The two men found a white Ford Focus parked along side the highway. They thought it was an accident so went up to the car to help. They heard screams from the back of the car, broke the rear window, and found the woman locked in the back of the hatchback,” Boccuzzi said.
Brayfield told the two men she had been kidnapped.
“She told them that two men dressed in black and wearing masks abducted her from her apartment, forced her to drive her own car, and then locked her in the back. She repeated this story to officers who arrived on the scene,” the cop said.
Brayfield recanted her story later in the day after police questioned her, Boccuzzi said.
The Beverly Police Department are conducting no further investigation.
Brayfield is due to appear in court at a later date.