Man arrested for unneeded police search

Florence County deputies charged a Darlington man with Filing a False Police Report.

Deputies arrested Jayson Rowe, 33, on July 23.

Investigators said on July 8, Rowe reported to police that he was the victim of a carjacking and forced to drive to a bank on Pamplico Highway to get money against his will.

Deputies responded to the call and even deployed a canine tracking team to find the suspect, described by Rowe as a black man with a knife.

They searched the area near Pamplico Highway and Church Street.

After investigating, deputies determined Rowe's "encounter with an alleged suspect was entirely consensual and not related to any violent act," according to the press release.

"To falsely allege a freshly committed violent crime like carjacking or kidnapping causes us to needlessly deploy personnel and assets. With an already stressed budget, this reduces our ability to respond to real calls," said Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone.

Rowe was released from the Florence County Detention Center on a $2000 surety bond.

In South Carolina, Filing a False Police Report is a felony punishable by up to five years in jail or a fine of up to $1000, or both, according to the release.