Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-382

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 15, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Man Arrested For Calling “911” Emergency 67 Times In Two Hours

    Man advised Communications that he was being chased.
    • Monday
    • November 14, 2011
    • Time: 10:07 PM
    • 301 Highway N and I-4 Eastbound
    • Tampa, FL


    Clarence McDonald
    DOB: 6/7/1974
    2918 Missouri Avenue
    Tampa, FL


    • Misuse of 911



    Bonnie Martinez
    DOB: 12/17/1974
    2918 Missouri Avenue
    Tampa, FL


    • Possession of Cocaine


    On November 14, 2011 at approximately 10:07 p.m., Clarence McDonald was traveling within a car driven by Bonnie Martinez, when he called 911 Emergency. McDonald advised HCSO Communications that he was being chased and shot at, however he was not assisting the operators with his location. McDonald had previously placed calls to the Plant City Police Department’s emergency line.

    Based on the comments made by McDonald, HCSO Air Service was dispatched as well as patrol deputies in an attempt to render aid. McDonald continued to call the emergency 911 line a total of 67 times. He would only remain on the line for 30-60 seconds. He refused to remain on the line for the operator to assess the nature of the call and he refused to stop the vehicle to allow deputies to assist him.

    McDonald did provide a vehicle description during one of the calls. Deputies located the vehicle at Highway 301 and I4 Eastbound at approximately 12:17 a.m. and conducted a traffic stop. Within the vehicle deputies discovered the cell phone used to make the 911 calls and subsequently arrested Clarence McDonald for Misuse of 911. Bonnie Martinez, the driver of the vehicle was arrested for Possession of Cocaine.
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