BURLEY — A Rupert man was arrested in Cassia County Wednesday after he sent police on a wild goose chase after making a false 911 call.

Jamie Lopez, 31, is charged with driving under the influence and possession of an open container of alcohol.

Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said a charge of providing false information to law enforcement is also pending.

Warrell said the false call resulted in deputies from Cassia County and Jerome County along with medical personnel being sent to different locations in the two counties to look for a man that had been reportedly shot.

The call came in to dispatch at 1:10 p.m., according to the Cassia County Sheriff’s blotter. The caller said he drove upon a man lying in a ditch who had been shot in the chest at 350 E. 200 S. He said he found the man lying next to a maroon pick-up.

Deputies were sent to the location but did not locate an injured man.

The caller hung up during the 911 call, Warrell said.

Dispatch was able to call the man back, who said the guy that had been shot was still lying there.

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“We were able to ping his phone and it came back in the Milner area in Jerome County,” Warrell said.

A cell phone is pinged by tracing which cell phone tower the call went through, which provides a location for the caller.

Jerome County sent officers and an ambulance to the area to look for the man.

After pinging the man’s phone again a Cassia County deputy stopped Lopez at 4:45 p.m. and he was arrested.


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