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Driver faces felony charges after accident and false claims of a carjacking

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 23-year-old man crashed his 1999 BMW into a light pole and tree in Mission Bay Park early Thursday, seriously injuring his female passenger, and then falsely claimed a carjacker was responsible, police said.

The crash at Sea World and West Mission Bay Drives occurred shortly after midnight, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

After the crash, the man crawled over the seriously injured passenger, who is in her early 20s, and walked to his house to call police, Stafford said.

He told officers he was carjacked and that the woman was kidnapped because she was in the car during the carjacking, Stafford said, adding that further investigation revealed the man was lying.

The woman was taken to a local trauma center with serious but not life-threatening leg injuries and the man was taken to a local trauma center for facial injuries, Stafford said.

The man will be charged with felony driving under the influence, felony hit and run, and making a false police report, according to Stafford.

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