Man Calls 911 Asking How Many Legs Octopus Have, Police Say

He called 911 multiple times, officers said, for no good reason.

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Police in Rock Hill arrested a man after they say he called 911 multiple times, harassing dispatchers.

Police say that John Dargan Barron, 69, first called 911 just after 11 p.m. Wednesday, asking the dispatcher how many legs an octopus has. When officers arrived at his home, they found Barron to be intoxicated and warned him not to call 911 again unless it was for an emergency.

About 30 minutes later, officers were again dispatched to Barron’s home when he called 911 asking if the Russian alphabet was the same as the English alphabet. When officers arrived at Barron’s home, police say that he was not wearing any pants. Officers helped Barron get dressed and placed him under arrest.

Officers say that Barron was verbally abusive toward the officers and offered passive resistance before refusing to get in the back of a police cruiser despite “being clearly physically able to do so.” When the officers took Barron to police headquarters, he refused to get out of the car, telling officers he was stuck in the backseat.

Barron was charged with violation of the 911 statute and resisting police.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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