Another police officer is accused of fabricating a story about being attacked in the line of duty, making it a total of seven cops who fabricated such stories this year.
This time, it’s West Penn Township Police Sergeant Melissa Ruch out of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, who claimed in September that she pulled up to an abandoned car on the side of the road, only to get attacked by huge Hispanic man who threw her over a guardrail, causing her to tumble more than 35 feet down an embankment.
As in the other fabricated stories, the incident prompted a multi-agency manhunt, putting a scare into locals that a dangerous man was on the loose driving a Nissan Maxima with the license plate that read FUK 1011 or FUK 0011, which should have been our first clue she was lying because Pennsylvania does not allow license plates that might be interpreted as profane.
But it took more than three months to determine she made up the entire story.
Pennsylvania State Police said inconsistencies in Ruch’s story began to emerge as investigators reviewed the incident.
Authorities learned that Ruch had allegedly called a fake traffic stop into the Schuylkill County Communications Center. Witnesses confirmed that Ruch was alone on the side of the highway at the time she called in the stop, according to state police with the Frackville barracks.
Investigators determined that Ruch also deployed her Taser more than 30 minutes before she called the communications center and that it had not been used on a person.
Authorities charged Ruch Wednesday with four misdemeanor counts of making false reports. She did not appear before District Judge James Ferrier, where the charges were filed.
The charges will be mailed to Ruch, according to Ferrier’s office. A preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.
In Ruch’s case, she had to be lifted out of the embankment in a rescue basket and flown to a local hospital in a helicopter. The above photo shows her name to be Boyer, but she has since changed her name to Ruch.