"I Called Y'all to Get a Ride Home, Why Am I at Jail?": Dallas Cops Arrest Man over Fake 911 Call

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Late yesterday evening, about 8 p.m., four Dallas police cars descended on a the 2800 block of South Avenue, lights and sirens blazing. They'd been told there was a major disturbance on the South Dallas street, and that one of those involved was hurling legitimate-seeming death threats.

Officers arrived to find the neighborhood strangely quiet, with no signs of a fight. The only person they saw was a middle-aged man in the alley who took off sprinting when he saw the squad cars.

He didn't make it far. He came to a stop after 15 yards and turned to officers. He was clearly hysterical, they wrote in an incident report, and they cuffed him as a precaution. Then they asked if he'd called 911.

The man, a 54-year-old named Charles Earl Brown, according to his Arkansas ID, said he hadn't. A quick browse through the phone was enough to debunk that claim, since the most recent call was made to 911. To be extra sure, officers had a dispatcher place a call to the number from which the disturbance had originally been reported. The phone rang.

Yeah, Brown admitted, he had called police but only because "I needed help getting home." He was in the squad car at this point, and it wasn't long before he was en route to Lew Sterrett.

This was clearly not what Brown had in mind. "I called y'all to get a ride home," he complained when they arrived at the lockup. "Why am I at jail?"

What Brown has probably realized by now is that, temporarily at least, Lew Sterrett is his home.

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23 comments
Aaron J Eaton
Aaron J Eaton

had he called and claimed a medical issue the paramedics would have shown up in an ambo and taken him

jswilliams86
jswilliams86

Im all for this kid getting in.  What the government needs is people who do not know the game and have not made a career out of politics.  That is the way it is supposed to be.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Someone better let Dwaine Caraway know we have another out of towner.

BullJive
BullJive

This is Gestapo bullshit.


Motherfucking cops EXIST as bubble wrap for our lives.   Serve, motherfucker, protect and SERVE.   You don't hide out in the bushes and look for an easy mark not signalling a lane change, or someone driving safely who might have had - gasp! - two glasses of wine.


You motherfucking EXIST to give me that ride home, to patiently SERVE me, not fill your fucking quota.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

@jswilliams86 it's a 54 year old man and he did get in..into LS.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@BullJive The peanut gallery today doesn't seem to get it. 

Your words are whooshing over their heads.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@BullJive: please call 911 and explain this to them personally, YELLING where you have typed in all-caps.

ScreamingWhitePeople
ScreamingWhitePeople

@BullJive 

Gestapo bullshit???? Take a deep breath and buy a fricking clue.

As a fourth generation descendant of a family that escaped Germany and the hate-based conservatives otherwise known as Nazis, I can testify the Dallas Police did nothing even remotely Gestapo-like.

Our 911 service is reserved for saving lives, reporting emergencies and reporting criminal activities. Assisting 'criminal stupidity' is not part of the service.

cawnlu
cawnlu

"You motherfucking EXIST to give me that ride home, to patiently SERVE me, not fill your fucking quota." Umm, nope....not even close. There are cabs for that. I don't pay police officers $30/hour+ to give people a ride when they call for one. And if an idiot calls in a fake disturbance to get officers there, then he needs to go to jail. A mass police response is dangerous and expensive.

jswilliams86
jswilliams86

@Sharon_Moreanus All of my comments have carried over from other stories, they are not for this article.  I am not sure why it has done this.  Someone here needs to learn how to manage this page better.

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