A 21-year-old Grantham man has been jailed for four months for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Lewis Michael Smith, of Range Road, also received a 12-month driving disqualification which starts upon his release from prison.
In the early hours of Wednesday, March 11, 2015, CCTV operators were monitoring a man who was drunk in Lincoln city centre. He was seen making his way through the city and onto Rosemary Lane until he reached a dead end known as Spa Buildings. He then disappeared out of view but within less than a minute a white Vauxhall Astra van appeared and drove away through Lincoln city centre. This vehicle belonged to and was insured to Smith.
Officers were called to try and stop the van but it failed to do so and was driven away before being found the next day, abandoned in North Hykeham with the engine still running.
Later that same day Smith reported his van had been stolen overnight from outside his house and claimed he had been there all night.
He was eventually charged with and admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice. At Lincoln Crown Court on Monday, he was jailed for four months.
PC Jonathan Smyth, who led the investigation, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this investigation and hope this sentence serves as a strong deterrent to others who think it is acceptable to make false allegations to the Police in order to avoid prosecution themselves.”