Santa Ana: Bizarre Kidnapping Report Turns Into DUI Arrest

07.17.2019 | 10:30 PM | SANTA ANA – A woman was under arrest on suspicion of DUI after calling authorities to report she had been kidnapped and was being held by an unknown male assailant, Wednesday night.

Authorities responded to reports from Mercedes-Benz’ Emergency Call System reporting that they were in contact with a female advising she was being kidnapped by an unknown male who was threatening to kill her around 10:30 PM.

The female reported she was traveling in a blue Mercedes-Benz sedan going northbound on the I-5 Freeway near Oso Parkway.

The Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call System service pinged the vehicle and provided officers with updates as they attempted to locate it.

After nearly 30 minutes the vehicle was determined to be stationary in the 3900 block of South Bristol Street in Santa Ana.

Officers converged on the location and quickly found the vehicle occupied by an adult female and an adult male.

The male was initially detained as officers investigated the suspicious circumstances surrounding the call but later released.

Upon further investigation officers determined the reports of a kidnapping to be false and placed the female under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Follow-up was being conducted to determine whether the call amounted to a false police report or potential obstruction however it appears the call stemmed from a domestic dispute.

No charges were filed against the male and he was released on scene without incident.

Miles Madison

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