A driver used his cellphone to call Memphis police dispatchers on Wednesday, reporting that he was chasing a man who had just robbed him of about $500 at gunpoint, according to a court affidavit.
The robber was firing shots at him as he gave chase, the man said.
Memphis police scrambled to locate the two vehicles and one officer did at 4:54 p.m., just as the man giving chase told police dispatchers that the robber had fired more shots at him.
However, the officer reported that he did not see any weapon or any shots fired.
Police then stopped both vehicles involved in the chase at Bill Morris Parkway and Ridgeway, according to the court document.
They found no gun and no $500 in the auto driven by the 29-year-old man being chased.
Officers from two precincts shut down Bill Morris Parkway at Ridgeway for about two hours trying to find a gun, according to the court document. They didn't find one.
The Memphis man who called police from his car, Brian D. Harris, 27, said he didn't know the man he was chasing, investigators reported. However, his cellphone revealed that he had spoken to that man several times on Wednesday.
And the 29-year-old man being chased told police that he and Harris had agreed to meet at a Mapco convenience store and gas station at Winchester and Kirby.
The man was to buy some marijuana from Harris, he told police, but took it without paying for it and fled in his car, according to the court document.
Police on Thursday charged Harris with the felony of making a false report.
He was held in Shelby County Jail on $20,000 bond...
Roadways closed for hours.
Multiple police personnel and units committed to the incident.
Sad, that this type of wild goose chase is all too common.
And we the public have to pay for it--both monetarily and with our time.
I hope everyone has a super weekend.