Balch Springs councilwoman arrested after 911 call

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-area city council member has been charged with 911 abuse over a call the day after a store burglary.

Balch Springs police on Thursday arrested Councilwoman Wanda Adams on a misdemeanor charge of silent or abuse calls to 911. Adams was released on $500 bond over the Sept. 17 incident.

Adams on Friday declined to say whether she was the person who called 911 from a Dollar General store following five reported thefts in a month, including one Sept. 16. Adams says she “encouraged” the call because employees were afraid that the thieves could return and she considered the situation an emergency.

Adams says an officer responded in just under 4 minutes.

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Police have said they believe Adams called to test response times and tied up law enforcement resources.