Deputies say a high school student made up a report that she was kidnapped as a cover story because she skipped school.
Mychayla Allen has been charged with filing a false report to a law enforcement agency.
Wayne County deputies say the 16-year-old told them she was kidnapped at gunpoint at the Pikeville Hardee's and forced to drive around for several hours from Wayne County into Duplin County. Deputies say the girl claimed the man only slapped her during the ordeal.
But deputies say they became suspicious of her story and Allen later admitted she made it up because officials at Charles Aycock High School had contacted her mother, asking why she wasn't in school that day.