Woman accused of drunk dialing 911 twenty times


Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

Janis Joplin famously opined in her 1971 hit “Me and Bobby McGee” that “freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.” It’s a point a 44-year-old Gainesville woman was left to ponder in jail Monday night after police say she “drunk dialed” 911 around 20 times, including at one point because she “wanted her freedom.”

The Gainesville Police Department reported that of the 20 calls placed between 10:27 p.m. Monday and just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, four were dispatched, involving five officers at a cost of service of $140. Each time, officers reported that the woman — Emma Lee Horton, of 1900 SE Fourth St., No. 97 — either could not be located or was not in danger.

Among the false complaints police reported were that Horton thought she was being followed, that she was tired and wanted a ride to a detox center and that her husband was following her.

Police reported, as well, that Horton was “clearly intoxicated” and that her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcohol. She also was yelling and cursing, police said.

Police say Horton was warned more than once to stop making false 911 calls before she eventually was arrested and charged with misuse of the 911 system.

As she was being taken to jail, she said she was happy to be going to jail, police reported, because “it would give her husband a chance to miss her.”

Horton was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bond.

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