"You're trapped where?" the Naperville police dispatcher asks, perhaps somewhat incredulously.
She was responding to a 911 call from Carly A. Houston, 29, of Chicago, who had been arrested and booked at the Naperville police station at about 2 a.m. Sunday after she refused to pay a cabdriver a $6.60 fare, Naperville Police Cmdr. Mike Anders said.
Naperville police Wednesday released Houston's call from the Naperville lockup, where she complains in the 21-second call of being held against her will.
"I'm trapped in, like, the Naper hotline 911."
"You're trapped where?" the dispatcher asks.
"In the Naperville 911, so ..." Houston says as the line goes dead.
She was charged with making a false 911 report, as well as theft of services and criminal trespass for stiffing the cabdriver, Anders said. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
Police said they were initially called to a BP service station at 901 N. Washington St. after Houston reportedly became irate inside the cab. The driver, fearing for his safety, pulled over and called police.
Upon arrival, police officers tried to intervene and get Houston to pay her bill. She refused to pay and continued being disruptive, Anders said, which forced police to arrest her and charge her with disorderly conduct.
She was taken to the police station for processing where she was told she could use the phone to find someone to post her bail and pick her up, according to Anders.
After being given the phone at 3:10 a.m., Houston dialed 911 and reported "she's trapped inside the Naperville police detention facility," Anders said.
The 911 operator phoned the arresting officers about the phone call.
Houston was later released on bail, Anders said, and has an April 20 arraignment date scheduled in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.