23-year-old Joseph Paul Peters was arrested by police early January 2, 2019, after it is alleged he made 79 fake calls to 911.
Police say they began getting the bogus calls just after 11:00 pm on New Year’s day. The first call sent officers to a home in the Burrows-Keewatin area stating that a family was being sexually assaulted.
When officers talked to the family they confirmed that everything was ok and that they had not made te calls to police.
Over the next four and a half hours emergency service operators took 78 more calls many claiming someone was in distress. The caller then provided fake names and addresses.
Because of the volume of calls from the one individual police say that the Communications Centre spent a total of two hours attempting to assess the legitimacy of each reported incident and identify the caller. Investigators say the even more time was spent running traces and contacting other resources.
Peters was located just before 4:00 am a residence on Boyle Street. When officers found him he appeared to be high on meth. He has been charged with Public Mischief and detained in custody.