Police officer charged with filing false report about attack

March 14, 2019 GMT

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer who reported that his unmarked police car was stolen after he was assaulted is now charged with filing a false report.

Hickory police Capt. Jeff Young tells news outlets that a misdemeanor warrant for filing a false police report has been issued for now-former Statesville officer Christopher Lee Rivera, but he’s not yet in custody.

Rivera called Hickory police Jan. 1, saying he was struck with an unknown object while sitting in his car’s driver seat. He says his unknown attacker stole his car key and drove away. Hours later, a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer found the car crashed into some trees.


Police now believe Rivera crashed the car himself.

Statesville Police Chief David Addison said the 34-year-old retired amid an investigation.