Police: Man arrested after calling 911 roughly 200 times in 2 months
Arrest report: Michael Reston said phone was out of minutes, he wanted to talk
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A man was arrested on suspicion of misuse of 911 after an arrest report shows he called 911 approximately 200 times in two months in Florida.
When Michael S. Reston, 38, called 911 while in St. Augustine, he hung up and didn't answer the return call, according to the report by the St. Augustine Beach Police Department.
Police said they found him on Wednesday afternoon sitting in the back seat of his gold Toyota Camry at the St. Johns County Pier. The Police Department said the New Jersey man told officers that he was sleeping in his car because he was looking for an apartment to rent.
According to the report, he told police he didn't have an emergency, but, his phone ran out of minutes and he wanted someone to talk to. He also told police that he knew it was against the law to call 911 if there is not an emergency, the report states.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said it checked his history and found that Reston had identical calls for service in Tampa, Port. St. Lucie and St. Johns County. According to the arrest report, Tampa Police Department said Reston called 911 about 200 times in two months.
He is charged with misuse of 911, a first-degree misdemeanor, and issued a warning for trespassing.
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