A Delray Beach man spent a day in jail after he made six false calls to police, according to city police.
Patrick Mahoney, 58, was arrested early Tuesday morning for false 911 calls. He was released later that Tuesday on his own recognizance.
The first time Mahoney called police, he hung up on them. As standard protocol, the police responded to the address, an apartment just west of Ocean Boulevard and south of Atlantic Avenue. Police talked to Mahoney, who said the call was an accident.
One hour later, another call was placed by Mahoney, this time for a domestic complaint, according to the arrest affidavit.
When the police arrived back at the address for the second time that night, Mahoney’s wife was standing outside of the home waiting for a taxi. Mahoney called 911 again to ask if she was all right because, “Delray Beach Police are violent,” the arrest affidavit said. Police told Mahoney that the appropriate use of the 911 call was for an emergency and that if he called again he would be arrested.
Moments later, Mahoney called the police back even though he knew his call wasn’t an emergency. “This is not an emergency, but I want to ask a question,” Mahoney told the dispatcher who hung up on him.
Police then went back to Mahoney’s residence for the third time that evening and arrested him.