A drunken flurry of phone calls to 911 Tuesday night, trying to find out if a friend was in jail, earned a Pembroke area man a night behind bars.
The friend wasn’t in jail, but Larry William Donaldson, 63, of Cecil Martin Road, talked himself into an arrest, according to Bulloch County sheriff’s incident reports.
Donaldson cursed operators and threatened to tie up the phone lines Tuesday after operators told him the friend for whom he was looking wasn’t in the Bulloch County Jail.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Reynaldo Rodriguez responded to Donaldson’s home around 8:30 p.m. after Bulloch County Central 911 operators reported Donaldson’s behavior.
According to incident reports, Donaldson called 911 several times, looking for his friend. He also called the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and spoke with a dispatcher, who assured him his friend was not in jail, reports stated.
Apparently unsatisfied, Donaldson continued to call 911, used abusive language and called an operator vulgar names.
When Rodriguez arrived at Donaldson’s home, “the offender was clearly intoxicated when I was speaking with him,” he wrote in reports. Donaldson was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and taken to the Bulloch County Jail.
This wasn’t the first time Donaldson has been arrested for conflicts with law enforcement regarding the same male friend, according to Bulloch County Sheriff’s reports. In a little more than a year, Donaldson has been arrested five times — three times for disorderly conduct, one time for public intoxication and once, stemming from Tuesday’s incident, on charges of unlawful conduct during a 911 call.
Deputies responded in November 2011 to a Reedy Branch Road residence, where Donaldson and the same friend were arguing at the friend’s grandmother’s home. Both Donaldson and Purvis Reshawn Byrd, 37, of Cecil Martin Road, were arrested; Byrd on criminal trespass charges and Donaldson on public intoxication charges.
On Feb. 8, Donaldson was charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly making rude comments about Byrd’s grandmother. The two argued, and when deputies arrived, Donaldson was in his bedroom, intoxicated, and cursed deputies who tried to question him.
Donaldson was charged with disorderly conduct again July 13, after Byrd told deputies Donaldson struck him with a broom. Donaldson yelled at Byrd and uttered racial slurs, and when a deputy told him to stop, began cursing the deputy as well, according to sheriff’s incident reports.
When deputies arrived at the Cecil Martin Road residence again in August, they saw Donaldson “swinging a belt in a wild manner,” cursing, using racial epithets, and making threats. When he would not comply with orders to cease, and began cursing deputies with racial slurs, he was placed under arrest again.
As he was taken to the patrol car to be transported to the Bulloch County Jail, he spat on an American flag decal on the car, deputies reported.
Donaldson is being held without bond on a probation violation charge in addition to the charge of unlawful conduct during a 911 call, according to jail records.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.