Thursday, April 3, 2008

Man jailed for pestering 911 for ride to shelter

It wasn't the shelter he was looking for, but a man's actions at the bus station Friday night got him out of the cold. James Harrison was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges that he assaulted a Fredericksburg, Virginia police officer and refused to stop calling 911.

According to police, the man called 911 about 9PM and told a dispatcher that he wanted a ride to the cold weather shelter. The dispatcher told the caller that police couldn't accommodate the request, in part because the shelter is closed for the season.

The man called 911 again and this time an officer was sent to the bus station. Harrison had been previously barred from the station. Police said the man refused to leave the area and called 911 twice more after officers arrived.

When an officer tried to take the phone from him and hang it up, Harrison hit the officer in the chest twice and kicked him in the leg. He was charged with assault on a police officer, trespassing and abuse of the 911 system. He was jailed under a $1,500 bond. (info from Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

No comments: