ROCK HILL — A 33-year-old Rock Hill man is in jail on a $2,000 bond after police say he frivolously called 911 at least seven times over a three-day period.
Police first detained the man early Monday after he called them twice, once at 1:54 a.m. and then again at 3:06 a.m., according to a Rock Hill police report. While patrolling the area between Heckle Boulevard and McConnells Highway, police saw the man walking in the roadway. Once he saw officers, he fled into the woods.
An officer ran after the man and caught him after a short chase. Police released him with a warning.
Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, officers set up surveillance on a payphone at Nick’s Mart on Heckle Boulevard, where they watched the man approach the phone, look around, pick up the phone and dial a number, the report states. The man then walked away from the phone but officers intercepted him, arresting him for violating the 911 statute.
Police believe he is the same man who also called 911 at 6:23 p.m., 11 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. Saturday and again early Sunday at 12:24 and 3:15 a.m.
Police identified the man’s pattern. He would call 911 and ask for help but leave when police arrived or he would dial the number, hang up on operators and then flee from police, the report shows. He had been taken to the hospital twice and warned not to call 911 unless he had a valid emergency.