By DOYLE MURPHY
A Florida woman wasn’t raped after all — she just didn’t want to get in trouble for missing work, authorities said.
Alexandra Westover, 21, of Boca Raton, had reported a frightening, broad-daylight attack to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
The tale, which authorities now say is fake, was full of details.
She told detectives she had a flat tire about 9 a.m. on Tuesday and pulled over in the side of the Florida Turnpike.
A white man in a white vehicle soon pulled over and asked if she needed help, Westover reportedly told authorities.
The man supposedly asked for a sharp object to pry the hubcap loose. When she opened her passenger door and leaned in, the man attacked, shoving her from behind and sexually assaulting her in the car, Westover reported, according to police.
Crime fighters launched a full-scale search for the phantom rapist, wasting more than 100 man hours before Westover finally admitted the hoax, according to a sheriff’s office statement.
Detectives were already growing suspicious of the woman’s tale of a rush hour rape, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The Florida Highway Patrol reviewed turnpike video and couldn’t find images Westover’s vehicle anywhere on the recordings.
Her dad eventually called the sheriff’s office and told them Westover had admitted to making up the story, the paper reported.
A deputy followed up and Westover admitted she lied because she didn’t want to get in trouble for skipping work at her great-uncle’s house, the paper reported.
Westover didn’t respond to phone calls from the Daily News.
She was arrested on Thursday on a charge of falsely reporting a crime and a misdemeanor perjury count.
She was released Friday on her own recognizance, according to jail records.