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Fla. man arrested after pocket-dialing 911


An Orange City man in jail after his cell phone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in.

Authorities say 19-year-old Matthew Dollarhide was surprised when a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over on Tuesday and asked why they were talking about selling drugs.

Deputies were sent to a location where dispatchers said the phone signal was coming from.  From the conversation, dispatchers learned that they were driving a tow truck and heard the name "Harry."  Deputies pulled over a Harry's Towing truck moments later.

The "Harry" in Harry's Towing truck is Harry Dekanchuk.  He said he lent the keys to the tow truck to his roommate, James Dollarhide, because he needed a ride to the store.  Dekanchuk's jeep was out of commission, due to a car accident, so he temporarily started driving the family business's tow truck.  He said it was all he had to offer when Dollarhide asked to borrow a vehicle.

"His cousin was up at the store, it was cold out and it was a long walk" said Dekanchuk.  "I said, 'Alright, go ahead, and grab me an orange juice while your there.' Win-win."

But while Dekanchuk's roommate and the two passengers were in the truck, one of them mistakenly dialed 911 on his iPhone, transmitting a conversation about drugs to Volusia County deputies.

When deputies called Dekanchuk and told him what happened, he said he was furious.

"I yelled at both of them, 'I can't believe you guys are doing this!'"  When asked if they were aware of the negative publicity they gave Harry's Towing, Dekanchuk responded, "I'm assuming they don't really care."

Deputies found a crack pipe on Matthew Dollarhide, who was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  His father, James, was cited for driving on a suspended license.


Some information taken from the Associated Press.

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