Learner driver calls 999 to report tardy instructor


Learner driver calls 999 to report tardy instructor

Learning to drive is rarely a truly enjoyable experience, as nerves tend to get the best of even the most confident individuals.

But one young driver took a leap into the ridiculous when he phoned 999 emergency call handlers to report a spat with his instructor.

West Midlands Police were so shocked that someone called 999 to "make a complaint" about their instructor that they have released the tape in the hope that it will put off potential time wasters.

After bickering with his instructor the caller phones 999 and says: "I've got an emergency; the tutor who's supposed to be teaching me to drive came late and now she's asking me to get out of her car. She's saying I'm giving her attitude. Please come over.

"I need someone to complain to. Who should I complain to?"

The West Midlands Police call handler politely tells the learner driver to direct his complaint towards the driving instructor's employer but he decides to press on with the complaint, clogging up the lines and preventing one of the 1,500 emergency calls WMP receives in a day from being answered.

Inspector Sally Holmes condemned time-wasting calls for deflecting police resources away from genuine emergencies.

She told The Telegraph: "We often receive 999 calls about lost property, people asking for directions and partygoers who've been denied entry to nightclubs. Other recent 'emergencies' include a blocked sink plug in a hotel room and a person who'd forgotten their computer password.

"It's astonishing listening to them but they hide a serious truth. Each call often takes minutes to deal with as staff have to clarify the situation.

"It might not sound like much but, if someone is trying to get through to report a genuine life or death emergency, then a minute is a very long time to wait.

"I cannot stress enough the 999 number is for emergencies only. This is defined as a crime in progress, if someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened."

Anyone wanting to contact the police for any reason other than an emergency should call 101.

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