The law has finally caught up with Jason Honaker, 38, of Hillsborough County Florida for abusing the 911 emergency response system. Honaker was charged with seven felony counts of making false 911 calls after he reportedly called 1,200 times this year, about 26 times a day. Several times police with K-9s and Air Services responded to his sometimes rambling, other times silent calls believing there was a real emergency. The cost associated with those responses is what makes his 911 calling habit a felony.
Honaker allegedly used his cell phone to make the calls, so police had some trouble pinpointing his location, but were able to determine the general area from which the calls were made by tracking his phone’s GPS. Surveillance of the area conducted over a few weeks yielded success on February 14, 2013, when police collared Honaker with his unregistered cell phone. By law all cell phones can dial 911 if nothing else in case of an emergency.
Honaker allegedly confessed to making the 911 calls. No explanation has been given for any of Honaker’s alleged false 911 calls. Maybe he was lonely. He was arrested and is being held on a $14,000 bond. Police are considering more charges.