POLICE BLOTTER: Man says he's in America, not Destin

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

DESTIN - A man who apparently was having a dispute with his landlord called 9-1-1 several times - drunk - demanding the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office resolve the problem.

They did, by arresting him.

Starting just after midnight on Oct. 29, the fellow called 9-1-1 and claimed he was having a dispute with his landlord and wanted to know what his rights were as a tenant. When deputies didn't arrive at his residence in the time he thought was appropriate, he called back and cussed out the dispatcher. Then he hung up.

A deputy went to his residence and discovered he was "highly intoxicated," the deputy wrote in the arrest report. His speech was slurred and he smelled strongly of alcohol. The deputy explained the Sheriff's Office lacked jurisdiction in a landlord-tenant dispute and he should stop abusing the 9-1-1 system, as it's for emergencies only.

The man defied this order and called 9-1-1 again, refusing to cooperate with the dispatcher but letting it be known he was recording the call. The deputy went back to his place and warned him again not to call 9-1-1. He provided the man with the office's non-emergency number.

At around 3:30 a.m. the man called 9-1-1 again and asked to speak to a lieutentant or sergeant about a domestic incident. When asked where he was, the man said he was in "Destin," then "America." When asked where he was in Destin, the man replied, "I said America not Destin."

For a third time the deputy went to his residence. He determined there was no domestic disturbance emergency and placed the man under arrest.

He had to be dragged to the deputy's cruiser.

He was charged with misuse of 9-1-1, a misdemeanor. His court date is Nov. 20.