A teenage girl from Linkoln Park, Michigan was arrested after dialling 911 to request for an ambulance, seeking help for her father.
Adrianne Ledesema, 17-year-old, came home to find her father, who had just undergone brain surgery, having a seizure on the floor. She panicked and then immediately called 911 to get help on the way. However, when the authorities arrived, they arrested her instead for cursing and swearing on the call.
In her first attempt to dial 911, the line went unanswered until she hung up and called back. While muttering a choice expletive, unaware that the call is recorded even before the operator answered.
On a recording of the call, Ledesma was heard shouting the expletive just as the operator, Sgt. Robert McFarland, answers. He proceeds to admonish the girl for cursing and in response she shouts, quote, “send me a (expletive) ambulance.” He then calls her a curse word and hangs up on her.
She then called a third time and threatened to sue the officer, while asking for his name. He called her a “buffoon,” hung up on her again and never asked about her emergency.
In the 7 Action News, Adrianne said that she was worried her father was going to die, but she wasn’t given the opportunity to explain that on the call because the officer hung up the phone after she said a swear word.
After 6 minutes, McFarland had finally called the Fire Desk telling them with a quote:
“I kept getting a 911 call from a filthy-mouthed girl who wanted a rescue. I never found out what it was and I was never able to transfer it over to you.”
When Ledesma goes to the police station in person, the same operator, Sgt. Robert McFarland, said to her, “Are you the girl with the foul mouth?”, and then has proceeded to arrest Adrianne on the spot for disorderly conduct and abusing 911.
The girl’s father eventually got help, and the officer refused to comment on the incident when confronted by 7 Action News. He was suspended for two weeks without pay following the incident and was sent for additional training classes.