Two teenage girls were arrested after making a series of prank calls to 911 falsely reporting emergencies, officials said Friday.
The girls, both 16, are accused of calling the Hall County 911 Center 11 times in a four-hour period Thursday, reporting everything from a house fire with people trapped inside to a prisoner escape, Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kiley Sargent said.
The false reports, which were made between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, diverted emergency responders needlessly, said Hall County 911 Operations Manager Leigh Stallings-Jarrell.
“People need to consider that public safety personnel are responding with lights and sirens in an effort to save lives and/or property,” Stallings-Jarrell said. “If that responder has an accident and is injured while responding to what ends up being a prank 911 call, then it becomes a more serious offense.”
The calls were traced to a cell phone being used by the girls at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex in Flowery Branch, Sargent said.
Several of the false reports were for locations near the complex, and authorities believe the girls watched as emergency vehicles responded.
Sargent said one call was made to falsely report that a prisoner from a Hall County Correctional Institution’s roadside work detail had escaped. Another call falsely claimed that children were trapped in a house fire.
“They were the types of calls that we would send a lot of folks to respond to,” Sargent said.
Deputies located the girls and the cell phone used to make the calls and arrested them on charges of false statements, false report of a fire and unlawful use of 911. They were released to their parents and will face court proceedings in juvenile court.
The names of the girls were not released by authorities because of their ages.