Jonathan Hinkle, 28, was arrested in March after he wanted to go to Hooters so badly, that he called police and asked them for a ride. He told them his grandmother had a stroke in the parking lot, and she needed help ASAP.
Police didn’t pick him up, but they did end up going on a three-hour search for his grandmother, 79-year-old Gayle Strickland. Upon finding her, the woman was surprised to see police at her door. She was in good health.
That’s when police had to go on the hunt for Hinkle. He was arrested when they found him after a few hours, and now he’s facing 5 years in prison for his little prank call.
The Daily Mail reports:
A Florida man wanted to go to Hooters so badly that authorities say he called 911 saying he needed a ride to the restaurant because his grandmother had suffered a stroke in the parking lot.
Jonathan Hinkle, 28, was arrested and taken to Brevard County Jail on Tuesday night in connection to the incident, which happened on March 5.
Upon receiving the 911 call to take Hinkle to a Hooters in Merritt Island, Florida, police searched searched for three hours for his grandmother, 79-year-old Gayle Strickland, before finding her in good health.
When they finally found her at another location, she said she hasn’t had a stroke or asked anyone for help.
Strickland told officers that she had been released from the hospital a few days earlier and had asked Hinkle to pick up his belongings from the place she was staying.
News outlets say Hinkle told the dispatcher that he was running to get help and that he would pay responders to take him to the Hooters on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Officers finally caught up with Hinkle in a Burger King parking lot in Cocoa helping his girlfriend fix her car, the Orlando Sentinel.
Hinkle was arrested on charges of misusing 911 and faces up to five years in prison for the crime.
He was released on bond Wednesday night and records don’t list an attorney for him.