A Hyrum man faces multiple counts after police say he faked being hit by a truck at an intersection where he had “previously reported concerns about semi-trucks cutting the corner.”
According to a probable cause statement, a large group — seven Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, two Utah Highway Patrol troopers, a Cache County ambulance and Hyrum first responders — was called out on Saturday after Jeremy Sharp, 33, reported someone had been hit by a truck at the intersection of 500 W. 400 North in Hyrum.
Sharp “refused to provide dispatch with any other details and said that he was not near the patient.”
When authorities arrived, Sharp was lying on his back just outside the travel lane on the southbound side of 500 West. He had “no apparent injuries; there were no tracks or other indications that an accident involving a vehicle had occurred.”
But Sharp told police “he had been hit by a tanker truck hauling milk” and that the previous night he “had been hit by a tanker truck hauling gasoline.” EMTs examined Sharp “from head to toe” but could find no sign of trauma, and Sharp did not indicate he was in any pain.
Sharp was texting on his phone while EMTs examined him, and “dispatch updated us that they were receiving texts through 911 from Jeremy asking for assistance.”
Sharp was lifted into an ambulance, where EMTs could find no injuries. As he was exiting the ambulance, he “went limp and began to collapse to the ground.” Police officers carried Sharp to a patrol vehicle and told him he was under arrest for falsely reporting an accident to 911; Sharp “immediately began pulling away … despite being ordered to stop resisting.”
Sharp has been charged in 1st District Court with falsely reporting an emergency, a third-degree felony; interfering with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.