Clarksville man arrested for excessive use of 911 - WKRN News 2

Clarksville man arrested for excessive use of 911

Posted: Updated: March 19, 2013 03:15 PM
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

A Clarksville man has been arrested and charged with excessive used of 911 after he made nine calls to the Clarksville/Montgomery County 911 center on Monday.

Clinton Pearson called the center nine times with false stories.

"We had nine false 911 calls made. It was one gentleman doing it. He called in here and then wanted to be transferred to Nashville and then he stated an emergency to them," explained Clarksville Police Officer Jim Knoll.

According to police, during his numerous calls to 911 Pearson claimed he was suffering from chest pains, a victim of domestic assault and a stabbing victim.

Pearson was arrested at his apartment on Tuesday morning and police found three cell phones in his possession.

"He asked about being cited, he knows the system, so he is making these calls willfully and wantonly for disregard to the public safety," Knoll said.

911 dispatchers deal with life and death situations on a daily basis.

"Every day they take calls and they are handling emergencies that somebody's life is on the line," Knoll continued.

One of Pearson's calls tied up 911 dispatchers for over five minutes.

"You've got people's lives put in danger for this man's foolishness," said Knoll.

Pearson remains in custody at the Montgomery County jail with a $1,500 bond.

He is charged with a misdemeanor and faces as much at 11 months and 29 days in jail.

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