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February 15, 2014

Woman arrested after persistent 911 calls

TRAVERSE CITY — A drunken woman’s persistent 911 calls from an East Bay Township motel ended with her arrest, authorities said.

On Feb. 7, Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies received a report that a woman, 66, apparently called 911 three times in 15 minutes. Authorities said she called dispatchers first requesting and then canceling medical attention.

She then called two more times, telling dispatchers she was drinking and playing games with her family. Authorities said she asked dispatchers to guess her location and to come find her.

Ryan Anderson, a dispatch supervisor with Grand Traverse 911, said dispatchers receive occasional prank calls from youngsters but it’s “very, very uncommon” for anyone to call 911 and expect not to be found.

Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Clark said deputies arrested the woman and seek a misuse of 911 charge.

“It’s not the proper use for what 911 is used for,” he said.



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