A slew of fake emergency calls reporting fights and fires has rung up several charges for a 28-year-old Winnipeg man.
Between July 12 and Aug. 4, the 911 communications centre in Winnipeg received a number of calls from a man reporting fires and assaults in progress, police said.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to each incident and all were determined to be unfounded.
The man was finally caught and arrested on Aug. 4 at about 3 a.m. after dialing 911 from a payphone in the 600 block of Balmoral Street and reporting a fake fire in the area.
The man is charged with seven counts of public mischief and seven counts of making harassing phone calls.
He has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court at a later date.
The police service is using the incidents to urge the public to not abuse the 911 system.
"When 911 is not used as it was intended, a significant amount of resources become unavailable to others who may legitimately require assistance. Their safety is ultimately jeopardized," the police stated in a news release.