MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A man who was frustrated with the fact that his friend refused to give him a ride home Wednesday, reportedly threatened to commit suicide in an attempt to get his way, knowing full well that he never planned to harm himself.
Much to his surprise, he did get a ride – just not to where he actually wanted to go.
Instead, the stunt landed him in Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital on an emergency committal for a mental evaluation, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
“The complainant stated that her friend was texting her and asking her to take him home because he didn’t have a ride,” Officer Westley Hall said in the report. “She refused because they had been arguing prior to this. (The man) then preceded to text her that he was going to walk into oncoming traffic, so that he could be hit.”
After police found the man, he immediately admitted to sending the text messages, noting he was just trying to get her attention.
“When asked why he sent those messages, he replied that he was never really going to walk into oncoming traffic,” Hall said. “He was merely attempting to get her to come and pick him up.”
Needless to say, the man was not pleased about having to take a detour before going home, and it is unclear whether the two friends have reconciled since their argument.