Call for Carjacking Leads to DUI

An Omaha woman thought she was calling police for help after she claimed she was a victim of a carjacking, turns out she was taken downtown for a DUI instead according to an Omaha Police report.

Last Wednesday at 1:20 in the morning, Omaha Police officers received a radio call to investigate a possible carjacking in the area of 26th and Marcy. Upon arrival, officers spoke with 28-year-old Maria Linares who stated two unknown suspects punched her and stole her vehicle. According to officers, Linares was heavily intoxicated and gave conflicting statements as to the suspects involved and the circumstances surrounding the possible carjacking. They also said Linares could not state where the incident occurred, suspects involved or any specifics regarding how it happened.

Responding officers observed minor injuries to her and an ambulance was called but Linares refused medical treatment. Linares also told police her purse was taken, but could not give further details and that’s when police say she became very uncooperative and could not give further information.

Finally, according to the report, Linares admitted to driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was transported to police headquarters where she refused DUI testing. Police booked her into the county jail for DUI, Refuse DUI testing and obstructing an officer.


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