COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A Columbia man was arrested after allegedly calling 911 multiple times, including once to ask if he could get a ride to buy beer.
"No it's not funny especially because it's hard to understand the gentleman whenever he calls 911," said Susan Mitchell of the Maury County Dispatch Center.
Columbia police said 67-year-old Allen Brooks called 911 at least nine times in a 12 hour period.
A few were quick hang-ups, but on at least one occasion police said he asked the dispatcher if he could have a ride to go buy some beer.
"It's hard to understand him and tell if there is an actual problem," Mitchell explains.
He was warned to stop and he would only get a citation. But he kept calling and police arrested him.
Brooks' brother told NewsChannel 5 on Monday that he was trying to call 411 instead of 911. Allen is partially deaf and also has a speech impediment so it may have been hard for dispatchers to understand him and he also said he didn't know who he was calling.
"The dispatchers I guess they got nervous and scared themselves because he wouldn't say nothing," Allen's brother Jerry Brooks explained in an interview.
Jerry said his brother had a few beers before he made the call but doesn't think he was intoxicated. Allen Brooks is due back in court at the end of August.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 00:33:57 GMT
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