Sacto 9-1-1
February 1, 2012
911 call claiming 'officer down' to speed response lands man in jail, Sacramento police say

Sacramento police arrested a 44-year-old man today after he allegedly called 911 to report an "officer down" - just to get a quicker police response, authorities said.

Responding to the call this morning, units rushed to the 4300 block of Pell Drive - lights and sirens blaring - until the first arriving officers made contact with the man, who then admitted the ploy, said police Sgt. Andrew Pettit.

Rayard Simmons.jpgThe man, later identified as Rayard Simmons, pictured at left, wanted police to get there quickly, he told officers, to settle a dispute he was having with his landlord, Pettit said.

Along with fast response, he also earned a trip to jail.

Police arrested Simmons on suspicion of falsely reporting an emergency, a misdemeanor, said Pettit, who added that he hopes a night in jail will teach a lesson.

"It's just dangerous," Pettit said of making such a report.

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