Seeking Solace Via 911

From the files of the Knoxville Police Department

Calling 911 might save your life, protect the lives of others, or promote public safety. In some cases, however, calling 911 can get you arrested.

On May 10, Knoxville Police Department officers responded to 10 different 911 calls from a single residence. The suspect placed his first call at approximately 5:30 a.m. that morning, and the responding officers found him to be intoxicated but lacking a reason to have actually called 911.

Then, the man placed a second 911 call while the officers who responded to his first call were still in his driveway. They warned him not to abuse the 911 system and to only use it in the event of an emergency. This advice apparently did not stick.

By the time officers arrived at 10:19 p.m. that same day, he had placed eight additional unnecessary 911 calls. After this 10th call, he was taken into custody based on the extreme likelihood that he would continue to make illegitimate 911 calls.

A word of warning to would-be 911 dialers: Apparently, the KPD doesn’t consider being drunk and lonely to be an emergency.

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