Officers arrest Rock Hill man driving car he reported as stolen

A Rock Hill man who appeared intoxicated reported his car as stolen, then lied to police after they saw him driving it.

Earl Wilson, 53, called police on Thursday evening to report his Chevrolet Impala had been stolen, according to a police report. He told officers he parked it outside a house on Tom Street, but when he came back outside, the car was gone. Wilson showed officers the car keys.

Officers took a report, but noted Wilson smelled like alcohol, had glassy and bloodshot eyes and had difficulty standing and speaking.

About half an hour later, when the officers were investigating a car accident, a witness told the officers he knew Wilson had reported his car as stolen, but saw it parked on Hall Street.

The officers then clearly saw Wilson’s car on Hall Street, where it backed into a driveway. Wilson was sitting in the driver’s seat, using the keys he’d shown the officers while he was making the stolen vehicle report.

The car also had damage consistent with the accident the officers were investigating.

Wilson told the officers that he had called the police and that someone else had backed the car into the driveway.

Wilson was charged with filing a false police report.