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Columbia Man Faces Charges After Pretending To Be Hit-And-Run Victim

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Columbia Man Faces Charges After Pretending To Be Hit-And-Run Victim

CREATED Jun 18, 2014

by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A good Samaritan thought he was helping a pedestrian who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash. The supposed victim was found lying on the side of the road. Police said the man was faking the injuries. 

LifeFlight medical helicopter was even called to the scene to airlift what they thought was a critical patient to the emergency room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Hours later, Columbia Police confirmed the initial claim was completely made up.

The 911 call came just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“I don't know if he's been hit by a car or what,” the good Samaritan said to 911 emergency dispatchers. “I just passed him or whatever. I'm going to back up to him.”

Christopher Carlton, age 36, was lying on the side of Industrial Park Road in Columbia.

“Mr. Carlton reported he had been struck by a green vehicle while he was walking along Industrial Park Road,” said Captain Jeremy Alsup with the Columbia Police Department. “Officers canvassed the area for any vehicles matching that description.”

Carlton was not bleeding, and officers reported no signs of visible bruising or road marks - all red flags. Alsup said Carlton held his left hip and was moaning and crying.

“Mr. Carlton was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center by LifeFlight. EMS was called to the scene by officers who arrived and initially responded,” said Alsup.

“Usually when people walk down through here they stay far enough off the road that you wouldn't think they would get hit,” said Elvis Carlton, who lives in the area.

After being checked out by doctors, they determined Carlton made the whole thing up. Why he did it has not been determined. 

Alsup said charges were pending against Cartlon for filing a false police report. 

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