Man arrested for making bogus 911 call

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A local man is behind bars after Columbus police officials say he requested an ambulance when he didn't need one.

William Parrish, 49, was arrested at the Circle K on Veterans Parkway downtown early Monday morning after police say they got a call about an injured person and arrived to find Parrish in the parking lot. Reports indicate he told medics "I don't feel good" and when asked where he hurt, he responded "I'm having suicidal thoughts."

Responding medics recognized Parrish and say he was just released from the Medical Center and calls 911 several times every day.

According to reports, Parrish looked drunk and admitted to drinking a few beers.

He was arrested and charged with Requesting EMS Service When Not Needed, a misdemeanor.

William Parrish's case is headed to State Court.

He's being held in the Muscogee County Jail on his misdemeanor charge.

Officials say when a citizen calls 911, emergency crew are always going to respond because they don't know what they're going to find until they get to the scene.

"We want people who have problems that they think public safety might help them with to feel comfortable calling 911 but in those cases where we're unable to stop abusive or unnecessary calls by any other means, then our last resort would be to make a criminal charge under the law. It costs the city money [sending out an ambulance] but more importantly, it ties up resources that would be available for other more legitimate calls." explained Major Stan Swiney who oversees the Columbus 911 center and all administrative services for the police department.

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