Suspected drunk wouldn't stop calling 911

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man had a few too many drinks late Wednesday from what officers could tell and it ended up getting him a trip to jail, according to the report.

Jonesboro police officer Heath Loggains was dispatched to the 300-block of North Bridge Street for an unwanted person call. He arrived and met Edwin Yancy, 42, of Jonesboro, who was “slurring his words and told me he had been drinking,” Loggains wrote. Yancy said he wanted another man out of his home.

The officer met the other man and learned he was a resident of the home, so he told Yancy there was nothing which could be done to remove the man. It would need to go through the courts. Loggains checked back into service at 11:49 p.m.

Literally five minutes later, the officer was being dispatched back to the same home. Dispatch told Loggains Yancy had called them back wanting an officer at his residence. Loggains returned and Yancy told the officer, again, he wanted the other man gone. The officer once again informed Yancy he could not do anything because the man lived there and had proof. The report said Yancy told the officer, “he was not worried about going to jail.” The officer warned him about calling 911 without an emergency.

The warning fell on deaf ears.

At 12:02 a.m., the officer wrote he got back into his patrol car. By 12:03 a.m., dispatch contacted Loggains to tell him Yancy had called back, yet again, this time cussing and yelling about the unwanted resident. As the officer returned to the house, he could hear Yancy “yelling and cussing” at the other man.

Yancy was arrested for misdemeanor communicating a false alarm. He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center to be held on a surety bond of $450.

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