Officials: Park employee falsely claimed she was hit by car, loses job


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Police: Park employee falsely claimed she was run over by car at Cedar Breaks Park at Lake Georgetown.

Driver released video of incident.

A park employee falsely claimed she was run over by a car near Lake Georgetown, officials said Wednesday. The driver, Chris Hampshire, posted a video of the incident Tuesday on YouTube.

Judine Reed is seen in the video calling for help on her cellphone and standing by a parked car while screaming that the driver ran over her.

She was a contract worker with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Cedar Breaks Park at 2100 Cedar Breaks Road. Her contract was not renewed, said Randy Cephus, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, on Wednesday.

Cephus declined to say exactly why her contract was not renewed but said it was decided that it was more “beneficial that she go on her way.”

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Reed could not be located for comment Wednesday. Hampshire did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reed called 911 at 8:47 p.m. Aug. 25 saying she had been run over by someone, later identified as Hampshire, who was trying to leave the Cedar Breaks Park, Georgetown police said Wednesday.

Reed was an Army Corps of Engineers contract employee, police said. The 911 operator heard her screaming for help, screaming for someone named “Mike” and talking with Hampshire, according to a news release from Georgetown police.

Two Corps of Engineer Rangers overheard the radio broadcast and went to the guardhouse, where they saw Reed standing in front of a vehicle screaming she’d been run over, the release said.

The Rangers did not observe any injuries on her or damage to the vehicle, police said.

Hampshire was allowed to leave the park before police arrived but was later stopped on DB Wood Road, the release said.

Officers discussed the incident, reviewed his video recording and determined there was no probable cause that he committed the alleged assault, police said.

Reed declined any medical attention and also declined to provide a written statement about the incident, according to police.

When Hampshire posted his video on his Facebook page, he also wrote this explanation: “This is what happens when you steer down the wrong exit at Lake Georgetown.” 

“Corrected myself immediately when I saw the sign, backed up and was going out the right exit … this park attendant happened to be outside and told me she was calling the cops over that … I told her she cannot legally hold me here, not an officer nor did I do anything illegal … situation ensued, that’s when I started recording.”

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