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911 caller wanted sleep, New Port Richey police say

NEW PORT RICHEY

Police say 911 caller wanted sleep

A 71-year-old man called 911 on Tuesday night to complain that his noisy neighbors were keeping him from getting to sleep.

The 911 operator answered the call by asking, "What is your emergency?" James Ray Preston told her, "This is not an emergency." Then he said the police needed to make everyone quiet down, a police report said.

Officer Aaron Eck had encountered Preston earlier that evening during a call to a neighboring unit in the apartment complex at 6921 Washington St. At that time, he said, Preston was drunk and threatened to "call the real police." Eck warned him not to call 911 unless it was an emergency.

Eck returned to the complex after Preston had called 911. Preston told him, "You need to make all of these people stop the (expletive) noise so I can go to sleep," the report said.

The officer arrested Preston on a charge of misuse of 911. He was released after posting $150 bail.

Times staff

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