Police: Man Arrested After 911 ‘Butt-Dial’ Documents Drug Deal
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ORANGE CITY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — It isn’t unusual for an accidental call to be placed when a person sits down on their phone. And according to a recent report from The Daily, an estimated 40 out of every 100 911 calls are made by “butt-dialing.”
But for Matthew Dollarhide, an accidental 911 call earlier this week led to a stay in the Volusia County Jail after operators overheard him and two other people discussing drug deals.
On Tuesday evening, 19-year-old Dollarhide and two others were driving in a tow truck from Harry’s Towing when the accidental call was made around 9:42 p.m.
Police located the vehicle – using the frequent mentioning of a person named Harry during the conversation as a clue – and pulled them over. Officers then demanded to know why the three people in the truck were discussing selling drugs during the accidental call, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
A police report obtained by the paper stated that all three men were asked about the details of the call.
“Deputy Cranmer asked the three about why they were talking about selling drugs and they could not explain this,” the documents reportedly noted.
Police subsequently searched the trio and found Dollarhide to be in possession of a crack pipe, which he claimed belonged to his father.
He told police that he had hidden the pipe in his pocket to keep their landlord from finding it, deputies wrote in the report.
Despite his explanation, Dollarhide was arrested, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and jailed.