Florida Man Arrested After Calling 911 Thirteen Times
A Florida man was arrested after calling 911 dispatchers 13 times, according to reports.
Fox13 News in Tampa Bay reported that official said he called about non-emergency matters. “This is not like a complete, major emergency,” said the caller, later identified as Eric Nielsen, 58, of Spring Hill, Florida.
Deputies said that it appeared that he just wanted someone to talk to.
“I feel better that I talked to somebody,” Nielsen said. “Especially a woman.”
Officials, however, didn’t agree. His calls took up about an hour of time on the 911 system, Fox13 reported.
“They talk to people who are hiding in a closet because someone is breaking in,” said Denise Moloney, the public information officer for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, referring to 911 dispatchers.
“They talk people through there is no pulse, no breathing,” he said.
“Obviously we don’t let any calls go unanswered,” said Moloney of Nielsen’s calls. “But that time could be better spent doing something different, than entertaining someone on 9-1-1 because they don’t have anything else to do.”
Nielsen talked about house guests, doctors in New Jersey, and how he was a child prodigy. “I am not bragging,” he said.
“Everyone in society has something that is upsetting them,” added Moloney. “But they don’t call 911 to tell our operators about it.”