JEFFERSON — Authorities say a Chesterfield County woman called paramedics to her home to help her open a jar of applesauce.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to 69 Prestige Lane, Jefferson, at 11:30 a.m. July 3 to assist Chesterfield County EMS after medics say 34-year-old Tequila Lashaunda Spencer called 911 for help with the stubborn lid.
“Deputy Johnson arrived on scene and made contact with Spencer, who stated she had called 911 and requested an ambulance for someone to help her open her applesauce,” sheriff’s Sgt. Timothy Hutchinson said in an incident report. “She stated that she was not sick and just needed their assistance for that. Deputy Johnson (said) that she had been warned about this several times and (informed of) the consequences.”
Spencer was arrested and charged with misuse of 911. She was booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center.
South Carolina law states that a person can be charged with misusing the 911 system if he or she “telephones the emergency 911 number, whether or not conversation ensues, for the purpose of annoying or harassing the dispatcher or interfering with or disrupting emergency 911 service.”
If convicted, a defendant can face up to 6 months behind bars, a $200 fine or both.
— Corey Friedman