Unintentional 911 call leads to arrest in Winterville

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
Francis Leonard
Francis Leonard

WINTERVILLE, Maine — A Bangor man wanted on a Penobscot County-issued warrant was arrested Monday in northern Maine after his girlfriend apparently dialed 911 by accident.

Shortly before midnight Monday, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a Winterville residence, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff Darrell Crandall. When dispatch answered the call, there was no one on the line.

Crandall said that when the dispatcher called the number back and the listed owner answered, the woman said she was fine and had not intended to call 911.

The dispatcher asked if the woman was alone, Crandell said, and she replied she was with a man she identified as “Frank” but would not provide his last name.

Deputies went to the home to ensure the woman was safe and identified the man as Francis Leonard, 50, of Bangor. There were no problems between Leonard and the woman, but he was wanted for failure to pay a fine related to a conviction for trafficking hallucinogenic drugs, Crandall said.

Leonard was taken to the Fort Kent jail where he posted bail.

Law enforcement in Maine responds nearly every time a 911 call is received, even if the call was made in error, according to Crandall.

Maine’s Enhanced 911 system is a dedicated system for reporting police, fire and medical emergencies only. The system allows dispatchers to see the location of the caller to properly direct emergency responders. Abuse of the 911 system for nonemergency purposes is a crime.

To contact the sheriff’s office when there is no emergency, call 800-432-7842 or use the MyPD smartphone application for iPhone and Android.

 

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