Man Calls 911 Numerous Times For A Taxi, Settles For A Cruiser

Linden, NJ – A reminder: 911 is not a cab service.

That’s the lesson learned by Robert Nedeski, 36, who called the emergency services line repeatedly after he got into a fight with a cabbie and was left stranded.

Nedeski had hired a taxi driver to take him home to Edison at around 3AM Thursday morning. During the ride, Nedeski apparently got into a tussle with the driver over the fare. The driver eventually pulled over and let Nedeski out at a Linden gas station, and refused to take him home.

Though Nedeski paid the driver what he owed him, he said that he was going to call for a new taxi because he “didn’t like” the cabbie he’d been with, police said.

Nedeski spent the next 20 minutes calling 911 numerous times, demanding that dispatch send a taxi for him. Officers eventually responded to the Benedict Motel, where they found Nedeski. They told him to stop calling 911.

Instead of cooperating, Nedeski started cursing at the officers and told them that he’d keep calling 911 until a cab showed up to take him home.

Officers eventually decided to arrest him, but he resisted that as well. He pushed one of the officers and refused to place his hands behind his back. He was then pepper-sprayed and handcuffed.

It is unknown whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Looking at the time of the day, it was early morning, that is a possibility, but I can’t say for sure whether he was under the influence,” Capt. James Sarnicki told 1010 WINS. “He was just argumentative, what was causing him to be argumentative I can’t say for sure.”

Nedeski is charged with disorderly conduct and making a false 911 call. He is due in court next Thursday.

“People sometimes think that they can use 911 for all sorts of requests for service and what they don’t realize is that they are tying up a line which may be needed for a legitimate emergency,” Sarnicki said.

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