Lee County man behind bars for abusing 911

A man is now behind bars in Lee County for allegedly abusing 911.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 7:16 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 9:03 PM

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A man is now behind bars in Lee County for allegedly abusing 911.

"I didn’t know that," said Leon Griffin.


Griffin like many others in the area didn't know you could be arrested for abusing 911.

Meanwhile, Scott Harrell learned the hard way Saturday night.

"Over a course of a 24-hour period, the gentlemen called 911 numerous times, reporting a four-wheeler on the road," explained Lee County Sheriff Investigator Scott Reddy. "Deputies would respond and not find anything."

Reddy said it became pretty clear to them that Harrell was abusing 911.

"You can abuse 911 multiple ways," added Reddy. "The multiple calls this gentleman did which was a constant barrage of calling 911 or filing a false report." 

Although Reddy says this crime doesn't happen often, many residents say one false report could prevent someone from receiving the aid they need.

"I could just be playing, calling 911 and then the person in need can't get through," Griffin explained. "That could cause someone to lose their life."

"That's something I take very seriously," explained Elizabeth. "I do not think you should play with 911 because someone's life could be at stake at the time your playing with them."

Reddy says if you have an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911. 

If you have a non-emergency situation you can call Lee County Sheriff's Department.

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