Welch awoke from a strange dream, convinced that everything he
dreamed was actually happening for real, he told his parents about it.
When the 18-year-old's parents said they didn't believe him, he decided to call 911 to report the incident.
The call-taker, from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, briefly
tried to make sense of the story before dispatching a deputy to the
scene, but was unsuccessful.
A deputy was dispatched to Welch's home, near Orange City, and
determined the teen was a little confused -- apparently from the K2
deputies said he had been smoking -- but was not in need of medical
The deputy told Welch not to call 911 again unless he had a genuine
emergency, and the Sheriff's Office said the teen's parents even hid his
phone to prevent him from calling again.
But Welch didn't heed the warning. Deputies said about 40 minutes
after the first call, Welch went to a neighbor's house and called 911
again, saying he was still trying to prove something to his family about
"The officer told me not to call back," said Welch, "and he said if I
called back, then y'all were going to take me to court. So, I'm calling
When the call-taker asked Welch if he wanted to go to jail, the teen
responded, "I have to prove something to my family. So, can you send an
Welch then admitted that there was no emergency. So, the call-taker
complied with Welch's request and dispatched a deputy to his house --
the same deputy who had responded to the first call.
Deputies say these types of callers do nothing but tie up the
emergency dispatchers. Non-emergency callers need to call non-emergency
"The delay in communications to our dispatchers could be a delay in
our response times from the deputies which could be a life and death
emergency," said Sgt. Jason Hattaway with the Volusia County Sheriff's
The deputy arrested Welch for misuse of the 911 system, a
first-degree misdemeanor, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's
Welch's mother told a judge her son needed psychiatric help. The judge agreed.
Welch was released from jail to an ACT program for psychiatric evaluation. He will then be turned over to his parents.
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