A Virginia deputy was busted for allegedly faking a roadside attack that he claimed left him unconscious, authorities said.
Jake Preston Dooley, 22, of Marshall was charged Saturday with falsely summonsing law enforcement and obstruction of justice, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy had claimed that he was heading home after his shift Friday night when he pulled over to remove an object from the middle of the street, authorities said.
Dooley said that as he was returning to his vehicle, he was yelled at then knocked out as he turned to see the source of the commotion, news station WTVR reported.
About 10 minutes later, a passerby who discovered the deputy lying face down and called 911, authorities said.
“Detectives thoroughly and vigorously investigated the allegation and determined the incident reported by the deputy was false,” the sheriff’s office said.
It’s unclear how authorities determined that Dooley’s claims were bogus.
Sheriff Robert P. Mosier said Saturday that Dooley has been let go from the force.
“Sometimes bad things happen to good organizations,” Mosier said in a statement.
“We truly regret that this happened but find a tremendous amount of comfort in the knowledge that our community understands and supports law enforcement in Fauquier County.”
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