Help, I'm Trapped in Jail

Arrestee earned herself another misdemeanor charge

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:10 PM CDT
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Carly Houston protested her arrest.

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Most of the people in lock up don't want to be there. In fact, that's kind of how jail works; it's meant to be a punishment.

On Sunday, one incarcerated woman decided that she had had enough of being held against her will and wanted to do something about it.

So she called 911. From jail.

No, seriously. We can't make this stuff up.

Let's backtrack a bit. In the wee hours of Sunday morning, a cab driver picked up Carly A. Houston near downtown Naperville, Police Cmdr. Mike Anders told the Naperville Sun. She instructed the driver to head north along Washington Street, said Anders.

Houston was an incredibly difficult passenger, however. She refused to give the driver a specific destination and, in fact, "yelled, screamed, cursed, and extended [both] middle fingers at the cab driver and threatened bodily harm" against him, Anders told the Naperville Sun.

As you can imagine, the driver quickly tired of his 29-year-old violent passenger, so he pulled into a gas station and called police, reports the Daily Herald.

When police arrived, they—along with several bystanders—witnessed Houston's loud and disruptive behavior. When she refused to pay her $6.60 cabfare, the authorities took her into custody, said Anders.

At the police station, an officer handed Houston a phone, Anders said, offering her the obligatory one phone call.

But did she call family or friends or a lawyer?

Nope. She called 911 and told the operator that she was "trapped inside the Naperville police detention facility," Anders said, according to the Daily Herald.

Lady, you're not "trapped." You've been arrested. There's a bit of a difference.

The phone call earned Houston yet another charge: making a false 911 report.

It's fair to say this woman made a poor judgment call.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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