An Oregon coast man was jailed earlier this week after calling 911 over 20 times during a two-hour period, deputies say.
Timothy Richard Swander of Waldport is accused of 24 counts of improperly using an emergency reporting system, among other charges, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He’s being held in the county jail.
A deputy was initially dispatched late Wednesday to a Waldport-area house, where a woman barricaded herself in her bedroom after hearing Swander yelling and banging things around in another part of the home. The woman reported Swander had refused to leave, deputies said.
The deputy saw Swander ripping fan blades off a ceiling fan and detained him, according to the sheriff’s office.
He appeared highly intoxicated, deputies said.
Swander was given a ride back home, where he was given criminal mischief citations and released, according to the sheriff’s office.
But he called 911 shortly thereafter, demanding the deputy give him a ride back to the home where he’d initially been detained so he could get his cigarettes, deputies said. The deputy returned his call and left him a voicemail, saying he wouldn’t be coming back and warning Swander about misusing 911.
Swander then called 911 a total of 24 times over the next two hours, according to the sheriff’s office. He made false reports and requested medics, deputies said, but he declined help when they arrived.
Dispatchers also warned him several times about his improper use of the system.
Deputies eventually responded to Swander’s home and arrested him. He’s accused of 33 criminal counts, including one count of first-degree burglary, according to court records.
Deputies did not detail his relationship, if any, to the woman whose house he allegedly refused to leave.