Fla. Man Arrested After Misusing 911 System

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 26-year-old Immokalee man has been arrested after calling 911 10 times seeking a ride to Mexico or other places.

The Naples Daily News reports Alvaro Francisco was arrested Sunday after the repeated calls to 911. He faces a misdemeanor charge of misusing the 911 system.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says Francisco began making calls at 8:16 p.m. Saturday and continued until 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Each time he asked for either a ride to Mexico or the homes of his boss and friends.

Dispatchers told Francisco that his calls were not an emergency and that he should not call 911 for such requests.

The responding deputy says Francisco smelled of alcohol when he was arrested.

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