A 26-year-old man was arrested Monday after he arrived at the hospital with an injured ankle -- and claimed he was an undercover officer with the Merced Police Department.
Merced police investigators, however, said the man was lying.
Cmdr. Floyd Higdon said the suspect, 26-year-old Matthew Story, told Mercy Medical Center Merced staff that he'd hurt his ankle while chasing a suspect. Story also said the hurt ankle constituted a job injury claim. Hospital staff contacted police to confirm the man's claim -- when the truth was revealed, Higdon said.
Officer Nathan McKinnon arrived at the hospital and spoke to Story -- who denied telling hospital staff that it was a job injury, although he acknowledged saying that he was an undercover officer. Story eventually acknowledged that he had "messed up," by trying to make the false claim.
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He was treated for a sprained ankle and booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of impersonating a police officer.
Story remains at the John Latorraca Correctional Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.
-- Victor A. Patton