Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Woman jailed for calling 911 about pizza

An 86-year-old North Carolina woman spent two nights in jail in 2006 after she repeatedly called 911 to complain about a pizza delivery problem. Dorothy Densmore was charged with misusing the 911 system after she allegedly called the emergency line 20 times in about a half hour.

Densmore told police dispatchers she was angry that a pizza restaurant wouldn't deliver to her, and demanded that they arrest the restaurant owner. Instead, they arrested her.

But the five-foot, 98-pound woman wasn't about to go quietly. She scratched, kicked and bit the hand of the police officer who came to arrest her. Densmore is also charged with resisting arrest.

While it's rare for someone to be charged for abusing the emergency line, Densmore kept calling even after she was asked to stop. The woman also complained to police that someone at the restaurant called her a "crazy old coot." (info from CBC)

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