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Winnipeg Man Places 79 Bogus 911 Calls: Police

January 3, 2019 12:04 PM | News

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Winnipeg police have charged a man after they say he was high on meth and placed 79 calls to 911 on New Year’s Day.

The first call came in at around 11:10 p.m. reporting that a family was being sexually assaulted in the Burrows-Keewatin area.

Officers arrived to find the family was fine and had not contacted police.

Over the next 4.5 hours, 78 more unfounded calls were placed to the Winnipeg police communications centre — many of which claimed a person was in distress with fictitious names and addresses being provided.

Police say communications staff spent about two hours on incoming and outgoing calls to determine their legitimacy.

Joseph Paul Peters, 23, was arrested at a home in the first 100 block of Boyle Street at around 3:55 a.m.

He has been charged with public mischief and remains in custody.