published Monday, August 6th, 2012

911 caller asks for ride to buy beer

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - When you're out of beer and need a ride to get some, who you gonna call?

Not 911.

The Columbia Daily Herald reported city police arrested a man after he called emergency dispatchers at least nine times. Most of the calls were hang-ups, but a dispatcher said at least one time the 67-year-old caller asked if someone could send him a ride so he could buy some beer.

Police Officer Seneca Shield said he told Allen Troy Brooks if he cooperated, he would receive just a citation. But Brooks denied making the calls and claimed he didn't have a telephone. Shield said officers believed if they didn't arrest Brooks, the calls would continue.

He was later released on bond. He's charged with making 911 calls in a non-emergency situation.

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