The following incidents are taken from recent Hinesville Police Department reports:
Accidental damage: This was apparently quite a pothole. An officer was sent Sept. 14 to Kelly Drive regarding accidental damage. There, he met a man who said "he was driving his vehicle on Kelly Dr. when he hit a pot hole and flattened his front passenger side tire and his rear passenger side tire."
The officer gave the man a "vehicle to vehicle" escort to his home.
Threats, interference with EMS, improper use of 911 and disorderly conduct: The narrative portion of this report from Sept. 6 is two pages long, but it paints a vivid portrait of what officers often have to deal with. The alleged offender in this incident had already been involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the day and, as the reporting officer notes, "I knew that the (man) was very intoxicated."
This time, police were sent to his Bacon Street home around 1:25 a.m. and at first he told them "not to enter his home," and then slammed the door in their face, but opened it back up and "ushered them back inside."
The man was still drunk and told them he wanted to be arrested due to the earlier domestic dispute, "but (an officer) explained that the domestic dispute was already documented. (The officer) explained warrant procedures (to the man). (He) began demanding that we wake up his neighbors, which we refused to do because it as was early in the morning."
By then, another officer showed up to help, which upset the man, who "became even more irate, and asked us to call his wife. When (the man) called his wife on the house phone, it went straight to voice mail, as if her phone was turned off. (The man) continued to berate us and demand that we call his wife and the mayor. We asked (the man) what he wanted us to tell anybody that we may call, and he could not answer, he just wanted us to call them. When it became clear that we could not help (the man) we left the area."
But not for long. Shortly before 2 a.m., the reporting officer and a sergeant were sent back out to the man’s house. "(The man) answered the door and appeared to have calmed down. We asked (the man) if we could help him and he once again told us to call his wife. When we told him that we were unable to assist him in that matter, (he) began to yell and said that he was going to grab a gun and shoot us …."
Because police knew the man was drunk, they told him to quit calling 911 and left.
About 10 minutes later, dispatchers told the officers that the same man wanted to talk to a police supervisor "in reference to police threatening him." So, the reporting officer and sergeant went back to the man’s house. "(He) was very irate and began to berate us again. It was abundantly clear that (the man) did not have an emergency, and that he called 911 just to yell at police officers."
The officers again told the man not to call 911 unless it was an emergency and left. "As soon as we left (the man’s) residence, central dispatch advised (the sergeant and officer) that (the man) had once again called 911."
The man wouldn’t say what the emergency was, telling the dispatcher only that he wanted to talk to police. The sergeant called and told dispatch to tell the man if he "called 911 again without having an emergency, that he would be placed under arrest."
That didn’t work either. "When central dispatch advised (the man) that he was misusing the 911 system, and that he would be arrested if he intentionally misuses a 911 call again, (the man) told the dispatcher that he would hang up and call again. When he did so, (the sergeant and officer) went to his residence and made contact with (the man.)"
This time, the man told the officers "to arrest him and call his wife."
The reporting officer responded that the man would be arrested if he kept calling 911 without an emergency.
"(The man) then stated that he would call whoever he wanted to, and that he would not stop calling 911."
He was arrested "due to his violent and tumultuous behavior," and escorted to a police car. Then, "prior to leaving the area, (the man) stated that he had heart issues and needed to see a doctor."
The officer told the sergeant and dispatch was asked to send an ambulance. In the meantime, the man’s handcuffs were removed and he was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
"(The man) dropped his copy of the citation on the ground, so I picked it up and handed it to him," the report continued. "(The man) then began to tear his copy of the citation up and throw the pieces on the ground. He began to berate (the two officers) until the ambulance arrived on scene."
He also gave EMS personnel a hard time, the report said, and "threatened to shoot (the two officers) several different times. He also threatened to have some ‘black boys’ shoot me," the reporting officer said, also noting he rode with the man in the ambulance to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where the man was medically cleared and then taken to Liberty County Jail. They couldn’t process him that night, however, "due to his state of intoxication and his unwillingness to cooperate."