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Deputies: Drunk man called 911 to see if tax return had come in

Published Feb. 10, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG — A 51-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he drunk dialed 911 to see if his tax return had come in, Pinellas sheriff's officials said.

James Mahoney, of St. Petersburg, called 911 while intoxicated and said he was "messed up." When deputies arrived, he was sitting in the 5000 block of Haines Road and was still on the phone with the dispatcher. When deputies asked him why he called 911, he said it was to check on his tax return, an arrest report states.

Mahoney was charged with making a false 911 call, a misdemeanor, to which he pleaded no contest on Monday morning. He was sentenced to two days in jail and released. He also was ordered to pay a $450 fine, court records show.