May 24, 2018
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Bangor man accused of abusing 911

Michael Ralston
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police arrested a local man Saturday night after he reportedly called 911 at least twice in the absence of an actual emergency.

As a result, Michael Ralston, 28, was charged with misuse of 911, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday, citing an arrest report. He said the report indicated that Ralston was intoxicated when the episode took place.

According to Edwards, Officer Ryan Jones was sent to Ralston’s residence after he called 911 and “kept repeating himself about some issue he was having that did not seem to be an emergency.”

The officer informed Ralston that he was misusing the emergency dispatching system, warned him not to do it again and left, Edwards said.

Shortly after that, Ralson reportedly placed another call to 911, this one laced with profanity, Edwards said. When Ryan returned, he found Ralston outside waiting for him.

Ryan arrested Ralston and took him to Penobscot County Jail. Ralston since has been released on bail, Edwards said.

Last weekend’s arrest was not Ralston’s first brush with the law. Earlier this year, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail for a theft conviction. Last year, he was convicted of two counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief, for which he received a $600 fine and a 75-day jail sentence.

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