CHICAGO (STMW) – A Far South Side man was arrested for calling 911 and telling a dispatcher that a Chicago Police officer “was down’’ in order to get faster police service to the scene where his dog was barking at a sewer, police said.
The man, identified by police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer as Tommy Boston, called 911 about 6:30 a.m. because his dog had been barking at a sewer for two days in the 700 block of East 92nd Place and he wanted to see the police about it, according to a Gresham District police lieutenant.
Boston reportedly asked the 911 caller: “What if I would say there was a officer down in the bushes,’’ and the dispatcher took him seriously, and a 10-1 was called — causing all available police to immediately race to the scene, the lieutenant said.
When police arrived, they found no officers “down,’’ and learned Boston only wanted a speedier response to his disturbance.
Boston, 57, of the 92nd Place address, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct/filing a false report, according to Greer.
He is scheduled to appear in Misdemeanor Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27.
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