THIBODAUX, LA (NBC33) — It may seem like a joke, but making a false claim that entices police action could land you behind bars. That’s what happened to one woman in Thibodaux after claiming she killed her boyfriend.
The Thibodaux Police Department reports that the incident happened at around 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. We’re told the suspect, Jacqueline England, 57, called her ex-father-in-law and told him that she killed her boyfriend. Because he believed her claim to be true, he contacted police, who then responded to her home on North 11th Street.
When police officers arrived, they located England walking down the street about a block away from the home. Reports note that she was “highly intoxicated.” Officers asked her where her boyfriend was, and she responded that he was “in the house probably smoking crack.”
Officers then took England to the home and began knocking on the doors and windows, which were all locked. England could not provide her keys.
“They didn’t know if the guy was laying on the ground bleeding, so they asked her for permission to kick down the door and she said yes,” David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, explained. “No one was located inside the home. It was all a joke.”
England denied ever speaking with her ex-father-in-law. However, officers arrested England for Disturbing the Peace by Alarming the Public.
“With a false claim like this, you’re occupying police officer time, which is devoted to people who might really need help,” Melancon noted. “You’re causing officers to kick into emergency mode, which causes the potential of a safety hazard.”
England was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Although England’s boyfriend was not located, they determined that he was not in any harm.