A man has been accused of falsely reporting a shooting in an attempt to distract Suffolk County police from arresting him during a traffic stop in Wyandanch on Tuesday night.
Officers spotted Chazeray Johnson smoking and drinking an alcoholic beverage near the pumps at a gas station on Straight Path before he got into the passenger seat of a Honda Civic that they pulled over shortly later at 10:45 p.m., police said.
The officers received a call about shots fired at another location while they were writing tickets for the offenses and noticed that Johnson was on his cell phone.
The officers called back the phone number from where the report came when Johnson’s phone started ringing, police said.
Johnson allegedly told the officers that he thought he could get the officers to respond to the made up shooting instead of writing his summonses, police said.
The 23-year-old Wyandanch man was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and issued numerous other summonses.
He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.