Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Man arrested for non-emergency 911 calls

It was bad enough, Tampa, Florida police say, when they found out that the man who called 911 did so because his friends were bothering him. But Estanislao Vallejo Lopez kept calling 911 after he was warned that the number is only for emergencies. Finally, after four calls, he was arrested.

Police first arrived at his home at 3:25 a.m. After being warned about making frivolous calls to 911, Vallejo told police that he "would call 911 again until he gets an officer to respond." He kept his word.

With police still at the scene, Vallejo called 911 again at 3:42 a.m. And again at 4:04 a.m.

Police finally left, but had to return once more. For the fourth time in about an hour, Vallejo called 911 again at 4:20 a.m.

This time, police did not let him make any more calls. They arrested Vallejo and charged him with making false 911 calls, a misdemeanor. He was released at 2:51 p.m. on $500 bail, according to jail records, which list Vallejo as a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates. (info from Tampa Bay Online)

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