VAN WERT — A Delphos man who claimed he was carjacked last week will likely face charges after admitting he clubbed himself in the head and shot himself in the leg in an elaborate scheme to fake the offense, investigators said Monday.
Scott T. Foust, 52, initially told authorities that two men dragged him from his pickup truck Friday night while he was stopped on the eastbound ramp from state Route 66 ramp to U.S. Route 30 north of Delphos. Foust said the men hit him with a bottle and shot him before taking his truck east on Route 30. An Indiana motorist found Foust writhing about in pain and called 911. He was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center.
When investigators spoke with Foust on Sunday, however, he recanted and told detectives that he had concocted the whole thing, including shooting himself in the upper leg with a small-caliber handgun.
Detective Jim Hyitt said Foust told investigators he drove his truck to Lima, took a taxi back home to Delphos and then walked to the exit ramp where he fired the bullet into his leg. No one else was involved in the incident.
American Township police found Foust’s black 1994 Ford Ranger Saturday at Eastown Road and Elm Street in Lima, and the Sheriff’s Office has since found the gun, which Foust hid near the roadway.
The Sheriff’s Office is still wrapping up paperwork on the investigation, but Sheriff Stan Owens said Foust will likely face charges. Exactly what he’ll be charged with is up to the county prosecutor’s office, but Owens said they’re looking at charges of filing a false report or obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony. In addition to care personnel, multiple law enforcement agencies were called to the scene and traffic was backed up for more than an hour. “It wasted a lot of folks’ time is what it did,” Hyitt said.
Missing from Foust’s admission was why he did it. Both Owens and Hyitt said they didn’t know what Foust’s motivation was. “To take it that far, where you shoot yourself in the leg with a gun, wow,” Hyitt said.
Foust has since been discharged from the hospital.