A 21-year-old Big Island man who allegedly fled the scene of an accident and fabricated a story about being unable to stop because he had been kidnapped was arrested Thursday on multiple counts.
Dwain Lum-Young, 21, of Waikoloa, was arrested Thursday after allegedly making the false report on April Fools' Day.
But the joke was on him.
He faces charges of false reporting, and failure to give information and render aid after an accident.
He was released after posting $1,500 bail.
Police said on April 1, Lum-Young told officers that on the previous evening on Mauna Kea Beach Drive, he picked up a hitchhiker who assaulted him and attempted to force him to drive to Waimea.
During the incident, he said, his vehicle was involved in a crash but the kidnapper wouldn't let him stop.
Detectives ultimately determined the kidnapping and assault didn't happen.
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