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Bangor man arrested, accused of misusing 911

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested Wednesday morning after calling 911 in the absence of an emergency — despite having just been warned not to do so.

The trouble for Adam Laird, 30, began shortly before 7 a.m. when a city police officer was sent to the Bangor House to look into a report of an intoxicated male, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday afternoon.

When the officer arrived, he found Laird, who apparently had been drinking. Laird asked the officer for a ride to the home of a friend on Hammond Street, where he was dropped off, Edwards said, citing a police report.

Shortly afterward, Laird reportedly called 911 from a pay phone near Dave’s Movie Center, Edwards said. When police arrived, they found Laird nearby and warned him not to call 911 unless there was an emergency. Laird then asked for a ride to Union Street, where he was dropped off again.

Shortly after that, officers arrested Laird on a charge of misusing the 911 system after he allegedly made another nonemergency call to city dispatchers.

After his arrest, Laird was taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was released on bail later in the day, a jail official confirmed.

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