A Massachusetts man wanted in Bartow County has been extradited.
21-year-old Jarrod Harlow of Leominster was booked into the Bartow County Jail Tuesday morning for false statements in matters within jurisdiction of the state, hindering persons making emergency telephone calls, transmitting a false public alarm, and request for ambulance service when not reasonably needed.
On July 29th 2015, Harlow allegedly called dispatch to say that he hit a tree, was entrapped in his vehicle that was on fire, was in and out of consciousness due to smoke in the vehicle, and was bleeding from the head. He also said his two-year-old daughter was on the floorboard and not breathing.
Dispatch first pinged his phone in the area of exit 296 on I-75. After losing contact, they then got a signal in the area of exit 290. BCSO deputies checked I-75 from exit 306 to exit 278 to no avail.
Dispatch later learned that Cherokee and Cobb counties also received the same type of call. In finding out that the phone number belonged to Harlow, Clinton Massachusetts Police stated that they had received calls from Ohio to Florida stating that Harlow was doing the same thing.
The unlawful 911 call and false statements caused nine BCSO vehicles, two Adairsville Police vehicles, two Cartersville Police vehicles, one Emerson Police vehicle, seven county and Cartersville fire department vehicles, three county EMS vehicles, and two air ambulance helicopters to be involved in the search for the crashed vehicle.
Acton Massachusetts Police arrested him in August 2015 for allegedly making false emergency calls, which led to a road in Acton being shut down over a week before the Bartow County incident.