Vero Beach Woman Arrested For Calling 911

Woman gets a free ride to jail in Vero Beach after calling 911 repeatedly.
Woman gets a free ride to jail in Vero Beach after calling 911 repeatedly.

VERO BEACH – The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman asking for a ride from the hospital to her Vero Beach home.

Michelle Smallwood, 53, told dispatch that she was at the Indian River Medical Center. The sheriff’s office told her that deputies do not provide that kind of service. She was advised to call a cab.

About a minute later, Smallwood again called 911 and asked the Indian River Sheriff’s Office for a ride home. She was told to call a cab and not to call back unless she had an emergency.

The 911 operator then advised Smallwood that she would be arrested if she continued to call.

About 15 minutes later, Smallwood called 911 and stated she did not have money for a cab, and the hospital wanted her to leave immediately. She again requested for a ride to her home in Vero Beach.

Deputies responded and gave Smallwood a free ride to the Indian River County Jail where she was charged with misusing the 911 service.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.