Monday, March 30, 2009

Drunk woman was arrested for calling 911 and asking to be arrested

A woman in Tampa, Florida who called police because her roommate took her beer out of her hand ended up with both hands in handcuffs

Evon Cavett called police around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, she was drinking a 40-ounce bottle of Bud Light. Confused, she told officers she hadn't called them. She then admitted she'd consumed six 16-ounce beers and planned to drink more. Officers assured her she had called, and left.

Cavett called 911 again at 2:46 a.m. to ask why officers arrived at her house and complained that she had never called them before. "I called y'all about five or six hours ago 'cuz a drug deal was going down," she slurred. The operator assured Cavett she had called just 10 minutes ago.

The same officers returned to Cavett's apartment to warn about misusing the 911 system. They told her that if she called again without an emergency, she'd be arrested.

After the officers left, Cavett called again at 3:02 a.m. and told the 911 operator, "Come arrest me!" And the cops did.

She screamed profanities when officers ordered her to stand and put down the beer. Officers took the drink away, stood her up, cuffed her and led her out of the building while she screamed.

Cavett was charged with misuse of the 911 system, resisiting arrest and disorderly conduct. "We arrested her because we wanted to deter others from abusing the 911 system," police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said. "We need officers available for real emergencies." (info from

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