Cops befuddled by drunken man’s wild tale

A boozed-up man — and his tall story — struggled to walk a straight line Thursday, police said.

The 36-year-old man spun a wild tale to cops about an early morning Mission district carjacking, possibly to cover for a hit-and-run crash.

The intoxicated man claimed he was at his car parked at 22nd and Capp streets when a gun-toting thug demanded his keys, police said.

According to the man’s story, the thug forced him into the passenger’s seat, got behind the wheel and then crashed into an unoccupied parked vehicle about a block away from the carjacking scene, police said.

The suspect fled on foot, leaving the man with a wrecked car and fresh booze on his breath, according to his story to police.

So what did the man do? He told cops he got behind the wheel and drove his car to 22nd and Shotwell streets, police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The man claimed “he was scared that his insurance company would not cover the damage,” Dangerfield said.

The story only gets wilder. The man’s report to police was “conflicting” and changed “many times,” police said. Cops could smell the booze on his breath as he told it.

The man told cops the carjacking happened at 12:50 a.m., Dangerfield said. Meanwhile, the hit-and-run crash occurred at 12:24 a.m. in the 600 block of Capp St., according to a witness who heard the accident.

The man went to the police station to report the carjacking at 1:27 a.m., about 30 minutes after the attack, Dangerfield said.

Cops asked him, “Why did you wait so long?,” and the man said he was afraid and didn’t know what to do, Dangerfield said.

The man told cops he was drinking at a bar before the carjacking happened. He claimed he did not go to his car to drive home. Rather, a girl in the bar had asked him for a smoke and so he went to fetch a pack of cigarettes from the car, according to the story told to police.

The possibly phantom carjacker then came up to him with a gun and said, “Hey, what are you doing with my sister?,” the story went. He described the carjacker as a 25-year-old Hispanic man, police said.

Police also said the man couldn’t remember whether he was jacked at Capp and 22nd streets or Capp and 20th streets, Dangerfield said.

The man has not been arrested for driving the car while intoxicated or for the hit-and-run crash, Dangerfield. The man is a victim pending further investigation, he said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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