Man Arrested After Calling 911 Several Times to Help Find His Lost Dog
SPRING HILL – The 911 system is intended for people to report crime, medical emergencies, and other urgent situations that require an immediate response from Law Enforcement or Fire Rescue. Sounds like common-sense but apparently not for one Spring Hill man.
According to officials, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1010 Archway Drive early Sunday morning, after the caller reported that his dog was missing.
Deputies made contact with the caller, 57-year-old Eric Nielsen, who advised that he needed help finding his dog and that “there is no emergency but I will keep calling 911 if I want to.” Officials say prior to their arrival, Nielsen called 911 at least 13 times within a 24-hour period.
Based on his refusal to stop calling 911, Nielsen was taken into custody and charged with Misuse of the 911 System.
Nielson has a long history of arrests, including making false reports, criminal mischief, battery, assault, trespassing, and vehicle theft.
Nielsen remains behind bars on a $500 bond.
Nielsen isn’t the only person to face charges of abusing the 911 system. Last December, 56-year-old Tammy Sue McCown was arrested after calling 911 for a ride home to Homosassa. 49-year-old Cathy Jacobs was also jailed in late December, after she called 911 numerous times to complain about Deputies.
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