Jackson Man Arrested for Abusing 911
JACKSON, Tenn. – Jackson police officers arrested a man who has allegedly misused 911 repeatedly over the last week and a half. Melvin Meriweather, 55, of Jackson, is charged with disorderly conduct and abuse of 911 services. According to a police report, officers responded to the 100 block of Baltimore Street Monday around 3:30 p.m. Meriweather was found laying down on the sidewalk. It is not the first time officers had encountered him on the ground, though. They said he has done this up to two or three times daily for over a week. Reports indicate Meriweather has been found lying in the street, on sidewalks and in parking lots multiple times a day for the last week and a half in an attempt to get medical treatment and be admitted to the hospital. He allegedly tries to be very still and appear unconscious so a bystander will call 911. Police indicate that each time emergency medical personnel arrive, he will complain of chest pains, low blood sugar, exhaustion or diabetes. On all occasions, EMS has determined Meriweather is okay and does not require medical assistance. After authorities confronted him about the issue Monday, Meriweather allegedly became irate and confrontational leading to a disturbance. Police arrested Meriweather at the scene and transported him to jail. The charge of abuse of 911 services stems from the allegedly deceitful behavior which resulted in passersby calling for emergency help for him. Bond was set at $5,000.