Michael Reston arrested after calling 911 more than 200 times in a two month time span- telling detectives he just wanted someone to talk to.
A 38 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of misuse of 911 after allegedly calling the emergency number approximately 200 times in two months throughout multiple counties in Florida.
When Michael Reston called 911 while in St. Augustine, he hung up and didn’t answer the return call, according to police reports.
St. Johns County deputies found him on Wednesday afternoon sitting in the back seat of his gold Camry at the St. Johns County Pier News4Jax reported.
He told deputies he didn’t have an emergency, but, his phone ran out of minutes and he wanted someone to talk to. He also told deputies that he knew it was against the law to call 911 if there is not an emergency.
Deputies said they checked his history and found that Reston had identical calls for service in Tampa, Port. St. Lucie and St. Johns County.
He was charged with misuse of 911, a first-degree misdemeanor, and issued a warning for trespassing.
Reston’s listed address says he is from Hillsborough, New Jersey, but reportedly told deputies that he was living in his car because he did not have money for an apartment.
Not immediately clear is how Reston came to be living in his car and when he first arrived in Florida and what provisions- if any- were afforded the man.
Jail records viewed by Law&Crime showed Reston being booked into the St. Johns County Jail, but was released Wednesday afternoon without bail.