A Columbus woman should have thought twice about reporting her hijacked truck to police early Friday.
The 23-year-old woman was charged with contempt of court and a series of traffic violations about an hour after she reported being carjacked at Forrest Road and Avalon Road.
Around 3 a.m., police headed to the parking lot of Coin Opp Laundry at Forrest Road and Morris Road. There a woman told officers her pickup truck had been hijacked at gunpoint a block away about 30 minutes earlier.
The woman said she was at the intersection when a pistol-wielding man entered her unlocked 2006 GMC Sierra on the front passenger side, police records show. The gunman forced her to drive to a Sheffield Drive apartment complex, where he ordered her to get out. He then drove her vehicle away, she said.
After the woman told police about the incident, officers decided to check her background information. That’s when they discovered she had an arrest warrant for contempt of court, an incident unrelated to the reported carjacking, said Police Lt. Lynn Joiner.
The woman was arrested at 4 a.m. and booked into the Muscogee County Jail at 4:20 a.m. Jail records show she was charged with contempt of court, speeding, and having no state license and no proof of insurance — charges that carried bonds totalling $1,095. She was freed on bond Friday.
Police are still investigating the carjacking case. The gunman is described as black in his 20’s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He wore all black clothing.