California Man Faked Kidnapping to Hide Car Crash From Wife

A man who allegedly faked his own kidnapping to keep his wife from finding out he crashed her new car could face criminal charges, police said.

Jorge Alberto Mejia, 35, told police two kidnappers held him up at gunpoint at a San Rafael bar Saturday and ordered him to drive to Santa Rosa, Calif., where he purposely crashed the car into a wall to escape.

Under questioning Monday, Mejia admitted to investigators he made the story up, including detailed descriptions of the nonexistent kidnappers.

"As far as we can tell, he was alone in the car," police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said.

Mejia was actually heading to a casino in Sonoma County, California, when he accidentally crashed his wife's 2007 Ford Focus and was worried about how she would react, Rohrbacher said.

Police were still considering whether to file charges against Mejia for making a false report.