911 Call For Cigarettes; Listen To Linda White’s Law-Breaking Call [AUDIO]
When you need cigarettes, who you gonna call? Hint: Not 911.
A 911 call for cigarettes was answered with a misdemeanor count of abuse of 911 for a Texas woman who was too drunk to drive herself to the store. Linda White made the 911 call for cigarettes from her backyard on Feb. 11 in a light-hearted moment of drunken stupidity that police were not quick to forgive.
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"We were just kicking it in the back yard -- a few beers too many," she told NBC News. "Next thing you know, we're out of cigarettes. Well, I didn't want to drive to town ... I was drunk, you know, but in my back yard. Who's the safest person to call? Your police department, I thought."
Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jividen said White was "very intoxicated" when she made the 911 call for cigarettes. White later told police she "thought it was funny" to call 911 for cigarettes, but the arrival of a sheriff's deputy made her realize it was no laughing matter.
"I just saw bright lights and knew," White said.
White's 911 call for cigarettes could result in a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail. She spent six hours in police custody that night, but was released on $1,000 bond. She admitted to reporters that she was embarrassed by the incident, but also showed it didn't dampen her sense of humor.
"It is kind of funny," she told NBC News. "They don't deliver -- they pick up."
Here is the audio recording of White's 911 call for cigarettes.
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