Police said a Florida woman made more than 11,000 harassing phone calls to the police emergency communications center this year.
Carla Jefferson, 50, was arrested Monday night on a misdemeanor charge of making a barrage of phone calls to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department.
According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson made 512 calls to the police department's emergency communications center in a single 24-hour period last month.
Investigators say Jefferson “harasses, belittles, swears at, argues with” police employees who answer her calls. “The content of these phone calls are vulgar, threatening, or obscene” and “contain extreme expletives, sexual innuendo, and belittling remarks to the communications staff,” according to reports.
On some occasions, Jefferson has requested that officers come to her St. Petersburg residence and arrest her. When the cops arrived, Jefferson “retreats inside, refuses to answer the door, and has in the past given officers the middle finger and screams at them through the windows,” Officer Christopher Bishop stated.
Earlier this year, police officers issued Jefferson a certified letter warning her that continuing to misuse the non-emergency number will result in criminal penalties. Their goal was to convince her to stop calling.
Jefferson, who called the police on two different occasions, is said to have disregarded the warning, which led to her detention in late June on two misdemeanor counts (she was freed from custody after posting a $400 bond). Jefferson was taken into custody on Monday for reportedly keeping up the harassing over the phone even after her June 30 collar. Jefferson, who is pictured above, was released from the county jail yesterday afternoon on her own recognizance.