Port Charlotte man arrested for calling 911 during traffic stop

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Here's a useful tip for motorists: Dialing 911 to complain about the police officer who just pulled you over for driving with one headlight is not a smart idea.

According to reports, Port Charlotte deputies stopped 40-year-old Josue Jacob in the area of Elmira Blvd. and Great Neck Street at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, after they saw that the vehicle he was driving had only one operational headlight.

When a deputy asked him for his driver’s license and other paperwork, Jacob began screaming at the deputy and refused to produce his license or registration. When the deputy asked him a third time for the paperwork, Jacob dialed 911 on his phone.

The deputy asked Jacob multiple times to hang up the phone and get out of his car, and Jacob did finally complied. He was issued a traffic warning for the faulty equipment.

And that would have been it for any other motorist, but that's to Jacob's actions he was arrested and charged with Misuse of the 911 System and Resisting an Officer without Violence. He was booked at the Charlotte County Jail and released on a $5,000 bond.