Disconnected! TX Woman Jailed After Reportedly Making 50 Calls to 911
Okay, we all know what 911 is for, right? Emergencies!
Apparently, this lady did not get the memo. However, she probably does need some help now.
A Bosque County woman has been arrested after calling Bosque County Dispatch more than 50 times with non-emergency calls.
According to our news partner KWTX, Bridget Nicole Beard called dispatch on Saturday, March 19th and would not speak when asked if there was an emergency. The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office was able to find her by tracking the cell phone she was using to a location on Norway Street in Walnut Springs.
After deputies determined that there was no actual emergency, Beard was arrested and transported to Bosque County Jail and charged with Abuse of 911.
What Happens When You Call 911 Then Hang Up
While there is no penalty for an accidental phone call to 911, calling 911 for a false emergency is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas. This crime is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine up to $2,000, or both. This is to prevent people from abusing the emergency line.
If you or someone using your phone dials 911 by accident, it's important not to panic and hang up!
Why 911 is for Emergencies Only
911 is reserved for emergency use, and if you call for any other reason, it wastes time and resources that could be needed for actual emergencies.
If you are unsure when to use 911, remember that if you think a life is in danger, it's much better to make the call for help, even if it turns out to be unnecessary.
However, if someone has broken into your car, you have noisy neighbors, or need directions, it's not time to use 911. Call your local police on the non-emergency line!