MERRITT ISLAND, Florida — He was looking for a ride to Hooters, but got a lift to jail instead.
A Florida man was charged with misusing the 911 system when he called asking for a ride from sheriff’s deputies to the local Hooters.
Jonathan Clayton Hinkle, 28, allegedly told dispatchers that his elderly grandmother was suffering from a stroke in the Hooters parking lot in Merritt Island and he needed help getting there to assist her.
Hinkle then said he was running to the eatery as fast as he could, but asked if a patrol car could be dispatched to give him a lift, the Brevard County Sheriff’s office said.
Deputies gave him the lift, but then were unable to locate the grandmother anywhere near the Hooters. When they finally found her three hours later, she told deputies that she had never been in any distress and hadn’t called Hinkle for help.
They then tracked Hinkle down and arrested him. The department said they will seek restitution of $222 for the wasted manpower.
Hinkle has numerous prior arrests for burglary and parole violations, records show.