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Man calls 911...67 times...in 2 hours..for no good reason, say Fla. cops

Clarence McDonald and Bonnie Martinez, mug shots
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office/WTSP

(CBS/WTSP) TAMPA, Fla. - We're not sure if the Guinness Book of World Records keeps track of this sort of thing but authorities in Hillsborough County arrested a man they say made 67 frivolous 911 calls within two hours.

According to CBS affiliate WTSP, on Monday evening, Clarence McDonald, 37, was riding in a car driving by Bonnie Martinez, 36. McDonald called 911 and told the operator that he was being chased and shot at.

Police say that McDonald was vague about his location and that they sent patrol cars as well as the Sheriff's Air Service to help.

McDonald kept calling - a total of 67 times, deputies said - and remained unclear about his situation, while refusing to stop the car to have police help him.

Police say McDonald was only on the line for 30 seconds for many of those 911 calls. But one time, he did provide a description of the car he was riding in, police told WTSP.

Finally, deputies spotted McDonald just after midnight and pulled the car over. The officers located the cell phone that he'd been using and arrested him for misuse of 911. (What, no phone abuse?)

His driver, Martinez, was arrested for possession of cocaine. She was released on bond.

McDonald was being held on $2,000 bail.

That'd buy a lot of minutes.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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