‘Intoxicated’ man calls 911 when officers refuse to let him drive

By ROBERT JORDAN
Of the Record staff
Posted 8/12/22

A Dunn police officer utilized much patience with an intoxicated man as he attempted to prevent the man from driving his vehicle under the influence.

Officer E.T. Cole reports he was dispatched to …

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‘Intoxicated’ man calls 911 when officers refuse to let him drive

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A Dunn police officer utilized much patience with an intoxicated man as he attempted to prevent the man from driving his vehicle under the influence.

Officer E.T. Cole reports he was dispatched to 2310 W. Cumberland St., after employees of a retail store reported a suspicious individual who appeared intoxicated. At 8:13 p.m. on Wednesday, Cole states he arrived on the scene and made contact with Henry Joseph Chaisson, 58, of 1229 38th Ave., North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Cole noted that Chaisson was intoxicated.

Cole says he instructed Chaisson to call for a ride and not to start or drive his vehicle. Chaisson told him his brother worked for the SBI and was 3 hours away, but en route to pick him up, according to Cole’s report.

Officer Cole returned to his patrol car and waited. After a few minutes of sitting in the parking lot, Cole said Chaisson motioned for him to come over to his car. Chaisson reportedly told the officer that he could not continue to sit there. When Cole asked why, Chaisson told him that it was harassment and that according to general statutes the officer could not annoy someone, Cole noted in his report.

Cole said he encouraged Chaisson to have a good night, rolled up his window and moved his vehicle away from Chaisson, but stayed in the parking lot.

Chaisson then called the 911 Communication Center and reported that Cole was sitting in the parking lot and Chaisson wanted him to leave.

When that failed, he called the center’s non-emergency line and requested a supervisor, according to Cole’s report.

Sgt. R. Gautier responded to the scene and spoke with Chaisson.

When Gautier left, Chaisson reportedly called 911 again stating he wanted to be transferred to the N.C. State Highway Patrol so he could speak with someone who was educated. Telecommunicators at the center provided Chaisson with the direct number to the Highway Patrol. He called and requested a trooper, according to Cole’s report.

Trooper G. Altman arrived and attempted to communicate with Chaisson, who refused to speak with anyone other than the person he talked to on the phone, Cole noted in his report. Altman told Chaisson was speaking with a dispatcher on the phone, not a trooper.

Chaisson reportedly said he was going to call 911. Officer Cole advised him that if he called 911 again, he would be arrested.

Chaisson called 911 and Cole placed him under arrest. The officer transported Chaisson to the Dunn Police Department for processing and then to the Harnett County Detention Center.

Chaisson was charged with consuming alcohol in public and misuse of the 911 emergency system. He was held under a $2,000 bond.

Robert Jordan can be reached at rjordan@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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