May 23, 2018
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Bangor man arrested on outstanding warrants after accidentally calling 911

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man wanted on warrants was arrested Saturday afternoon after accidentally calling 911 repeatedly on his cell phone.

Shortly before his arrest, James W. Green, 29, had been using a backpack leaf blower that somehow was causing his cell phone to dial the emergency number, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said Monday, citing a police report.

Millard said the report did not indicate exactly how many “pocket calls” dispatchers received but he did say that numerous calls were made unbeknownst to Green.

Police were able to pinpoint the Florida Avenue location from which calls were coming by triangulating the signals from Green’s cell phone, Millard said. When officers arrived, they determined that Green was wanted on two active warrants for failure to pay fines.

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