When 25-year-old Grant O’Connor sat down to dinner at a restaurant with a female friend last Friday, it’s unlikely that he thought he would end up in handcuffs for drug possession later in the evening. Of course, O’Connor played an integral role in his own arrest after butt-dialing (also known as pocket-dialing) the 911 emergency services line. When the call came into the Maury County 911 center, the dispatcher sat in disbelief while listening to O’Connor talk to his friend about getting high as well as make plans to visit a local drug dealer to pick up more drugs.
Recapping a portion of the call on Nashville’s WKRN-TV, O’Connor was recorded talking about getting high saying “That’s when it hits you dude, it makes you feel like tiny little pins are in your body but it’s like a good feeling, not a bad feeling. All these, like, pleasure shivers.”
After a few minutes of the call, the dispatcher traced the origin of the cellular call to a Don Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. After relaying the details of the call to police, officers drove to Don Pepe’s and arrived as O’Connor left the restaurant with his friend.
After pulling over the vehicle for a broken taillight, police discovered that O’Connor was attempting to hide a bag of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia on the floorboards of the passenger seat. After police discovered the drugs, O’Connor admitted the bag was his. He was quickly arrested for simple possession as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
His female friend, the driver of the car, was allowed to leave. According to the arresting officers, O’Connor had no idea that he had called 911 and tipped off the cops until the police officers told him. O’Connor was later released on bond shortly after his arrest.
Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has called the authorities unknowingly and gotten themselves in trouble. During May 2013, two men in California butt-dialed 911 and were recorded breaking into a vehicle during the 35-minute call. Interestingly, the call continued throughout the entire arrest process of the two suspects.