Carla Jefferson, 50, was busted Monday evening on a misdemeanor charge of placing a torrent of phone calls to the St. Petersburg Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Jefferson–during a single 24-hour period last month–called the police department’s emergency communications center 512 times.
Jefferson, investigators say, “harasses, belittles, swears at, argues with” police employees who answer her calls. “The content of these phone calls are vulgar, threatening, or obscene” and “contain extreme expletives, sexual innuendo, and belittling remarks to the communications staff,” according to a court filing.
On some occasions, Jefferson has demanded that officers come to her St. Petersburg residence and arrest her. Upon the arrival of cops, Jefferson “retreats inside, refuses to answer the door, and has in the past given officers the middle finger and screams at them through the windows,” Officer Christopher Bishop stated.
In a bid to get Jefferson to cease calling, police officials earlier this year sent a certified letter informing her that further abuse of the non-emergency line would result in criminal charges.
Jefferson–who dialed police from two separate numbers–allegedly ignored the warning, prompting cops to arrest her in late-June on a pair of misdemeanor counts (she was released from custody after posting $400 bond). Jefferson was arrested Monday for allegedly continuing her phone harassment even after her June 30 collar. Seen above, Jefferson was freed yesterday afternoon from the county jail on her own recognizance.
Investigators say that Jefferson’s 11,000+ calls account for “approx. 10% of the total call volume to the St. Petersburg Police Department non-emergency number.”
Jefferson’s criminal history includes multiple felony and misdemeanor battery convictions and a total of six years in state prison.