Drunk man reports fake crash to get ride from police

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HACKETTSTOWN, NJ - Note to self: if you're too drunk to drive home, it is always a good idea to call for a ride. However, 911 is probably not the number you need to be dialing. Dario Guitierrez-Diaz learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday when he allegedly called the emergency line several times, reporting a crash. But when police got there, there was no crash; that's when Guitierrez-Diaz allegedly admitted he made up the incident to get a ride home. He got a ride, but not to his intended destination. Guitierrez-Diaz spent the night in the Hackettstown jail after he was charged with falsely calling 911 and improper behavior.

It's also not appropriate to call 911 if you're unhappy with a dinner out. We all have standards, but when a restaurant fails to meet yours, that is not an emergency. Unfortunately, no one told that to Tracy McCloud. The 44-year-old Alliance, Ohio woman dialed 911 after eating at a Chinese restaurant. She told dispatchers her meal was "not up to par for her liking." Officers didn't consider that an emergency; they arrested her for misuse of 911.

Moral of the story: only call 911 for emergencies.

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