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Woman charged with making up carjacking story
Sadaria Rawls Owens

    A Statesboro woman was arrested Wednesday night after she made up a story saying that she had been carjacked by two men, police said.
    The truth was far less dramatic: She was driving under the influence and wrecked her own vehicle, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Thursday.
    Deputies responded to Burkhalter Road near the White Oak subdivision for a reported carjacking at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said.
    Officers found a woman, later identified as Sadaria Rawls Owens, 54, of Burkhalter Road, walking down the road a short distance from her wrecked vehicle, according to the release.
    Owens claimed that two black men robbed her of her vehicle while she was parked at Burkhalter and Rushing roads, the release says, and then she walked down the road to call police while the two men crashed her vehicle and fled on foot.
    Deputies noted that Owens appeared to be intoxicated and questioned why the alleged carjackers would immediately crash the vehicle after stealing it. Witnesses provided a different version of the events, prompting Owens to admit to having crashed her own vehicle and inventing the carjacking story, the sheriff’s office said.
    Owens was charged with false report of the theft of a vehicle, DUI and failure to maintain lane.

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