AMHERST - People using cell phones to make fake 911 calls should beware; they can no longer hide behind anonymity.
Police have arrested a 35-year-old Amherst man and charged him under the 911 Emergency Act for misuse of the 911 system.
The unidentified male allegedly made a fake 911 call on a cell phone just before 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday, leading members of the Amherst office of the Cumberland RCMP to respond.
With the assistance of Amherst Police and the J Division of the RCMP (New Brunswick) the location of the cell call was pinpointed and the man charged.
The maximum fine for misuse of the system is $685.21.
Const. Dal Hutchinson said the charge should send a message to those who make fake calls.
"When it's a fake 911 call, the 911 dispatchers are able to use the cellular towers to pinpoint the location of the call," Hutchinson said. "In this case, it bounced off a tower in New Brunswick and was from a local number. It was traced to Amherst."
Hutchinson said frivolous 911 calls are more than a nuisance, they tie up precious resources and run the risk of having emergency crews responding to a fake call when there's a real emergency somewhere else.
"People may think they can hide, but we can find them," he said.