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Man accused of making false report that landed cop in hospital pleads guilty

Officer Cody Gentry (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.) Officer Cody Gentry (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Chris Wamble (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Chris Wamble (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The man police say made a false police report that inadvertently injured a Blytheville Police Officer pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

According to the Mississippi County Circuit Court Office, Chris Wamble pleaded guilty to filing a false report of a crime. The judge sentenced Wamble to 5 years probation, and he must pay court costs and restitution.

On January 13, 2011 around 5:30pm, Wamble reported to Blytheville Police that his business was just robbed at gunpoint. Wamble told police the suspects hit him in the head with a firearm and stole $4,000. While reporting the alleged armed robbery, Wamble gave a description of suspects and their vehicle.

Arkansas State Police spotted the suspected vehicle, and relayed the information to Blytheville PD. While responding to the call, Blytheville Police Officer Cody Gentry lost control of his cruiser and was critically injured.

Officer Gentry was airlifted to The Med in Memphis critical condition, and was later transferred to a rehab facility. He returned to Blytheville on May 14.

Wamble was arrested in February, and later told police the robbery report was false and he was trying to defraud his insurance company. Wamble also admitted the description he provided of the alleged suspects and their vehicle was based on individuals seen at another business in the immediate area. Wamble, owner of the New Attitude Hair Salon, was charged with filing a false police report.

Wamble later claimed the loss of the money to his insurance company, but during the investigation inconsistencies and a lack of creditable evidence to support his claim led to warrants for his arrest.

Officer Cody Gentry received word in October from the Arkansas Workman's Comp Commission that, returning to the police force was unlikely.

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