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Police: Woman faked kidnapping after crashing rental car

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Brooke Huesing (Asheville Police Dept.) Brooke Huesing (Asheville Police Dept.)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Police said an Asheville woman faked her own kidnapping to hide the fact she fled after crashing a rental car.

Asheville police first found 32-year-old Brooke Huesing's car crashed into a guardrail near the train tracks along Johnston Boulevard about 11:40 p.m. Monday.

Officers said by the time they got to the crash, the driver had fled, but the papers saying it was rented to Huesing were still inside. They tried to locate her at her house a few blocks away, but she was not home, police said.

About an hour later, police said Huesing called 911 saying she had been kidnapped and was in a field near Johnston Boulevard. Officers searched for her for about an hour before she walked out of the woods.

Huesing told police that she was at the Shell gas station on Merrimon Avenue when a man got inside her car and ordered at gunpoint to drive to West Asheville.

She told officers the man stopped at Enmark on Leicester Highway to switch seats so he could drive before crashing near the railroad track, where she made her escape.

As police looked into her story, they said the gas station's security footage showed her enter the store, buy cigarettes and leave the parking lot without incident. They said Enmark's security never showed her car enter the parking lot.

Police said Huesing eventually told them she crashed the car, fled from the scene and made up the kidnapping story to throw off investigators.

Huesing was arrested and charged with two counts of filing a false police report and misdemeanor hit-and-run. She is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $1,500 bond.

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