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Couple report false accident to get response

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Catherine W. Idzerda
September 20, 2010
— They figured they were taxpayers.

And as taxpayers, they thought they should get instant, McDonald’s drive-through-like service from the police for a non-emergency call.


The police didn’t think so.


Nor did any of the other taxpayers who got stuck in traffic when they faked an accident to speed up the police department response.


According to a Janesville Police report, at 4:14 p.m. Friday, a 40-year-old Janesville man called Rock County Communications Center to report a possible fraud.


The police did not immediately respond.


“We prioritize our calls,” said Sgt. Mark Ratzlaff. “When someone’s in danger, or someone has medical issues, obviously we go there first.”


At 5:53 p.m., the man, and a 60-year-old woman who lives at the same residence, called in a false traffic accident, and then intentionally blocked traffic on South Oakhill Avenue.


“The complainants were upset with the time taken for the police to respond,” the police report said.


Both were cited for obstructing traffic.


They could have been cited for violations, such as making false 911 calls, but the supervisor at the scene decided the obstructing citation was appropriate, Ratzlaff said.


The best part of the story?


Police determined that the fraud complaint was a civil dispute—and therefore did not fall under police purview.



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