When a 17-year-old Michigan girl’s dad collapsed in the kitchen, she immediately called 911. However, swearing during the call led to her arrest.
Lincoln Park resident Adrianne Ledesma called the emergency line when her dad, who was three weeks’ post-op, fell to the ground and started seizing. She allegedly called the line first without any answer. Panicking, she called again and, just as she said “What the f***” the dispatcher, Officer Robert McFarland, picked up the phone.
Ledesma gave him her address to send an ambulance, and his reply was that she didn’t need to swear on the 911 line and to slow down.
Exasperated and scared for her father’s life, she cussed again while asking for assistance. However, she was never given a chance to explain the reason because McFarland allegedly hung up on her after her using the swear word.
When she called the officer back, she asked him if he was going to send an ambulance.
He responded by asking if she was going to swear again and called her a stupid a**.
Adrianne asked him if they were going to have an f***** problem.
McFarland allegedly replied she wasn’t going to get one.
After several times of requesting an ambulance, McFarland finally sent the call to the fire desk but told them a filthy-mouthed girl kept calling for 911. He told them he couldn’t find out the reason for the call and couldn’t transfer her to them.
McFarland allegedly said the same thing to the police desk when he finally sent a squad car to Ledesma’s house.
Unaware that McFarland had finally sent help, Ledesma sped to the police department for assistance. While she was gone, her brother was at their brother’s side waiting.
At the headquarters, McFarland asked her if she was the girl with a foul mouth. He then arrested the 17-year-old for disorderly conduct and 911 abuse, which wasn’t a chargeable offense at the time.
Upon hearing the news, McFarland was suspended for two weeks no pay and ordered back for additional training.
The city’s chief of police said that was not the department’s “finest moment.”
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