SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Phoenix man was arrested after he was pulled over three times in one day by police, but it wasn’t for a traffic violation.
Jonathan Ahnert, 28, was booked by Scottsdale police on June 19 for misuse of 911.
Ahnert told ABC15 that he called 911 because he was “afraid” of the officer, and wanted another officer to come out as a witness.
“I yelled and said I was calling 911,” Ahnert said. "And [the officer] turned around and said she was going to arrest me if I did."
Scottsdale police said “the 911 system is exclusively for emergencies that need immediate police or fire response to preserve life or property… If this gentleman chose to call the non-emergency police number for his stated purposes, he would not have been charged with a crime."
Ahnert said he was originally pulled over by a Phoenix police officer for expired tags earlier in the day.
Several hours a later, the Scottsdale officer pulled him over for the same issue near Camelback and Scottsdale roads.
“I felt that it was overkill,” Ahnert said. “An argument pursued and I just said ‘give me the ticket.'"
The officer stated in her report that after issuing Ahnert the citation, he took-off at "a high rate of speed” through a 25 mph zone.
The officer said Ahnert was traveling around 40 mph, Ahnert insists he was only going 32 mph.
Ahnert was then pulled over for a third time in one day and issued another ticket.
“I felt I was at risk, and instinctively called 911 to prevent other possible charges being alleged against me,” he said.
Ahnert believes the misuse of 911 charge will ultimately be dropped against him.
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