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False report of stolen car leads to man's arrest

A 58-year-old old man was arrested Wednesday, after Merced County Sheriff's deputies said he made a false report about a stolen car.

Randal Loy Wright was taken into custody after he called the California Highway Patrol and said the car was stolen -- but knew that it was not, according to Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesperson.

MacKenzie said Wright also signed a form, stating the car was stolen.

MacKenzie said the car was later found outside of Merced County, at the home of a family member of Wright's.

Although MacKenzie said investigators speculate that Wright reported the car stolen due to an ongoing divorce settlement.

He was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of perjury. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

MacKenzie said Wright's bail is high because he was determined to be a flight risk.

-- Victor A. Patton