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Man arrested after repeatedly calling police for ride home, police say

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An Austin man was arrested Tuesday night after repeatedly calling 911 and demanding a ride home.

Police told the Austin Daily Herald that the 51-year-old man called 911 twice and the police department's regular phone line six times asking for a ride home from police. Dispatchers told him to stop calling and police eventually tracked him down.

Police found that the man was drunk and also found a small amount of marijuana on him, the newspaper reports.

The man was arrested on charges of making emergency calls with no existing emergency and was held until he was sober at Mower County Jail, according to the Austin Daily Herald.

It's illegal to repeatedly call 911 for a non-emergency, but that hasn't stopped numerous people around the country from doing just that. Earlier this week, a Florida man was arrested for repeatedly making false 911 calls complaining that his wife had "thrown out his beer," the New York Daily News reports.

Also this week, a different Florida man was arrested for repeatedly drunk dialing 911.

In May, a Texas man was arrested, accused of repeatedly calling 911. When he was being booked into jail, he bit an officer, police said.

In 2012, a Mankato, Minnesota, man was arrested and accused of making "belligerent, harassing, obscenity-laced calls" to 911, the Mankato Free Press reports.

In 2009, a Duluth man was arrested after repeatedly calling police to brag about a car he'd stolen, police said.

Last year, Minnesota lawmakers passed a law to target 911 pranksters.

Under the law, a person who reports a fake emergency to 911 dispatchers could be charged with a misdemeanor. Repeat offenders could be charged with a gross misdemeanor and if a fake call results in an injury, the person could be charged with a felony.

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