It is one thing for emergency personnel to laugh about a serious 911 call.
But it’s a whole new level when it takes 10 hours to respond to a home invasion call.
That is what happened in Utah when Monticello Police Chief Kent Adair failed to respond to a home invasion call involving his own sergeant.
Now the police chief has been fired as recently as Tuesday; and Cole Young, the sergeant that perpetrated the home invasion, has been arrested on charges of felony aggravated burglary and misdemeanor assault.
Everything unfolded on December 2, 2015 when a 911 call came in from Sergeant Young’s wife. In the call, Mrs. Young claimed that her husband broke into her home and physically assaulted a man in the home in a drunken rage.
Young reportedly threw the male guest into a wall at the home, causing damage to the wall. The sergeant and his wife are in the middle of a contentious divorce.
The 911 dispatcher, identified as Sue Redd gave assurance that an officer was on the way to handle the situation, but officers did not respond to the scene until 10 hours later.
In the moments after the 911 call came in, the dispatcher assigned several officers to the scene, but all the officers declined, citing a conflict of interest. It was then that the dispatcher called Chief Adair who laughed about the situation.
Upon his amusement of a serious home invasion, Adair gave orders to wait until the morning to respond to the 911 call.
Ten hours later, a sheriff deputy from a neighboring county finally showed up to handle the situation. It was not until a few hours later that Sergeant Young was finally caught and charged with felony aggravated burglary and misdemeanor assault. He was fired a week later.
At least one officer that didn’t respond to the scene was suspended for 30 days without pay,
Dispatcher Redd is on administrative leave, and is also facing termination. The city council made the decision to fire Chief Adair on Tuesday in a unanimous 5-0 decision. The chief never had a reputation for telling the truth.
Apparently, responding to 911 calls have been a constant problem for the Monticello Police Department.
“We’ve had problems with calls,” city councilman George Rice said. “It’s just been kind of a pattern that’s happened.
“What I would like to see is someone with some leadership, someone that will give the residents of this town the law enforcement that they expect and deserve”.
The town of Monticello is on the hunt for a new police chief and new officers to fill a depleted staff.