A former 911 operator was found guilty of hanging up on thousands of people calling for emergency services and was sentenced to jail time, a Houston court concluded Wednesday.
Crenshanda Williams, 44, was found guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls after prosecutors from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said she had received thousands of calls that lasted less than 20 seconds since she was hanging up on the callers, CBS News reported.
One of the callers Williams hung up on was a security guard named Jimmie Moten Jr. who called 911 to report two trucks were racing down an interstate. Moten Jr. was only able to get in a few words, before he was cut off by Williams.
“This is Officer Moten. I’m driving on 45 South right now and right now I am at,” he said before Williams responded.
“Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real,” she said, before hanging up the phone.
Williams reportedly worked at the Houston Emergency Center for a year and a half before she was caught in August 2016 and fired.
“The citizens of Harris County rely on 911 operators to dispatch help in their time of need,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said in a statement. “When a public servant betrays the community’s trust and breaks the law, we have a responsibility to hold them criminally accountable.”
Williams was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.
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