Oregon police officer on paid leave after drunk-dialing 911

An Oregon police officer is in trouble after drunk-dialing 911.

Just before midnight on June 13 the non-emergency call came into dispatch.

It was a Hood River police officer, but he wasn't in trouble, in fact, he was not even on duty.

Officer Erin Mason later admitted to the dispatcher, a friend, he's drunk.

The officer railed on his work conditions, complained about co-workers, and even tried to get background information about a woman in Hood River.

For 25 minutes, the two continued to chat on the non-emergency line.

During the conversation the off-duty officer complained about his job, refers to gays in a hateful way and requests restricted information about a woman he wanted to contact.

Officer Mason is now on paid leave and isn't talking to reporters.

The emergency dispatcher involved in the conversation is also being disciplined.

"I think when the phone call first came in and she learned that yes, he was intoxicated, that she should have put an end to the phone call, instead of waiting as long as she did," 911 commander Marita Haddan said.

The conversation ended when a real emergency came in.


By: beck64 (81016.98)

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