UPDATE: GA man arrested for falsely reporting being held at gunpoint in Lee Co.

Man arrested for falsely reporting being held at gunpoint in Lee Co.
Traffic backed up on I-85 where a man falsely claimed he was being held at gunpoint on Tuesday. (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
Traffic backed up on I-85 where a man falsely claimed he was being held at gunpoint on Tuesday. (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A Georgia man has been arrested for falsely reporting a crime that shut down both sides of I-85 in Lee County on Tuesday.

According to Opelika Police Department Captain Shane Healey, Kimberly Andrews, 49, of LaGrange, GA, called police around 11:30 a.m. CDT. He claimed that he was being held at gunpoint by a man with a sawed-off shotgun.

The man told 911 that the armed man was in the bed of his truck covered by a camping shell. The man also said he had been held at gunpoint since he left Atlanta and continued to travel on I-85 SB.

Captain Healey said the man eventually pulled over on the side of the road and exited his truck from the passenger side.

After securing the area, shutting down I-85 on both sides and the SWAT team called to check on the truck, no person with a gun was found and the call was discovered to be false.

Andrews was charged with making a false report to law enforcement and booked into the Lee County Jail.

I-85 on both lanes has since reopened to traffic. No one was hurt in this incident.

It was not a standoff situation, and Captain Healey says the incident was "frustrating" because numerous law enforcement resources were called on this false claim.

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