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Visibly Proud Florida Man Calls 911 For A Ride Home — Repeatedly
Matthew Leatham was, in fact, eventually picked up after his emergency calls — and brought to jail.
By now, most people have heard about the "Florida Man" joke: It seems like every headline featuring the words "Florida Man" will be followed by an incredibly bizarre phrase. One Florida man, however, didn't let the jokes about his state diminish his pride.
Matthew Leatham, who has a very prominent tattoo of the Florida state outline on his face, was charged on Sunday morning in Pasco County for misuse of the 911 system and possession of marijuana, according to court records. The 22-year-old had called 911 twice in order to "find a ride home," and swore repeatedly at the operator while doing so, local station WFLA reports.
The arresting officer initially offered to help the New Port Richey resident get a taxi after his first 911 call, but Leatham allegedly refused, saying he had no money, and kept walking. He then called 911 for the second time, at which point the officer located him, arrested him, and searched him, according to WFLA. He allegedly found marijuana in Leatham's possession.
Leatham was released on $300 bond.
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