Woman apologizes after calling 911 for cigarettes

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A Texas woman who was arrested after calling 911 to ask for cigarettes says she regrets dialing.

Linda White, 48, called 911 at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 11, NCB Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

“I need some cigarettes,” White can be heard saying in the 911 recording.

She tried to explain herself in an interview with NBC outside of her home on Tuesday.

"We were just kicking it in the back yard -- a few beers too many," she said. "Next thing you know, we're out of cigarettes. Well, I didn't want to drive to town. ... I was drunk, you know, but in my back yard."

She said she figured the police department was “the safest person to call,” rather than driving drunk in order to get smokes.

Two police officers later arrived at her home to arrest and charge her with a misdemeanor count of abuse of 911. If found guilty, White could face a possible $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.

"I am deeply sorry for what I did," she said looking back at the incident. "I'm embarrassed. It's not me."

She was only held for six hours and was released on bond.

Now that it’s all over, she had an insight to share with anyone else looking to call 911 to ask for a favor: "They don't deliver -- they pick up.”

 


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