Suspect reports fictional carjacking to avoid DUI arrest

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COTTONWOOD - The following is a release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On December 3, at approximately 10:45 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported carjacking on Tissaw Road in Cornville. Upon arrival, the deputies spoke with 30-year-old Jennifer Bremner, who was on foot having escaped from a carjacking suspect. Bremner told deputies she had been carjacked by an armed male suspect wearing dark clothing and a beanie while stopped in the intersection of Tissaw Road and Verde Santa Fe Parkway. He had forced her to over to the passenger seat as he began driving the vehicle, but lost control and crashed into an embankment on Tissaw Road. At this point, the suspect ordered her out of the vehicle and told her to leave the area. The suspect then escaped by running off into a nearby field. Bremner stated her car had crashed about a mile away from her current location on Tissaw Road. During the conversation with Bremner, deputies detected the odor of intoxicating liquor on her breath and person.

The deputies brought Bremner to her vehicle which had clearly been involved in an accident as the vehicle airbags had been deployed. When the deputy questioned her about the missing car keys, Bremner explained she had them because the suspect threw the keys at her as he ran from the accident scene. As the interview progressed, deputies detected numerous inconsistencies in Bremner's story and confronted her about the apparent deception. She eventually confessed to making up the story because she feared being arrested for DUI.

Deputies on scene also explained to Bremner that her call put them at risk as they had responded by driving to the area in emergency mode to assist her.

As a result of the investigation, Bremner was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and False Reporting to a Law Enforcement Agency. She was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.