Palm Beach, Florida — The woman who told authorities she had been raped on the Florida Turnpike has been arrested.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Alexandra Westover, 21, told deputies she had been traveling north in a red vehicle on the Florida Turnpike between the Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter exits when she got a flat tire and pulled over to the side of the road. Shortly after, she said a white male driving a white vehicle pulled over and asked if she needed assistance. Westover told deputies that the suspect asked [her] to retrieve an object to assist in removing the hub cap. Westover said she walked over to the passenger side of her car, opened the door, and as soon as she leaned inside the vehicle, the suspect came up behind her and pushed her in the vehicle. Westover told deputies after she was forced into the vehicle, the suspect raped her.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s said, “it was all a lie.” Investigators said the already had suspicions about Westover’s story after FHP did not find her vehicle on highway security footage.
According to the sheriff’s office, Westover’s father called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office a few days later, and told them his daughter had fabricated the entire incident.
Westover said, “I made up the story because I needed a good excuse to miss work.”
Authorities said they wasted over 100 man hours on one persons false claim of sexual assault.
Westover was arrested and charged with Falsely Reporting a Crime.