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Deputies: Tampa man calls 911 operators 67 times in two hours

MANGO — In just two hours, a Tampa man called 911 operators 67 times, deputies said.

He was arrested early Tuesday, and so was the woman driving the car he was calling from.

Clarence McDonald, 37, of Tampa, was a passenger in 36-year-old Bonnie Martinez's car when he began calling 911 to report he was being chased and shot at just after 10 p.m. Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

He described the car, but wouldn't give the location or agree to stop the vehicle so he could be helped.

McDonald continued calling 911, staying on the line for only 30 seconds to a minute for each of the 67 calls, deputies said.

Eventually, patrol deputies located the car and pulled it over. Inside they found Martinez, McDonald, the cell phone used to call 911, and cocaine.

Martinez of Tampa faces a possession of cocaine charge. McDonald faces a charge of misuse of the 911 system.

Both were taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.

Deputies: Tampa man calls 911 operators 67 times in two hours 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:19pm]
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