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Man tricks police to give him free ride to Hooters after telling them his grandmother had a stroke at the restaurant

By Mason White 4:01 PM June 11, 2017
Jonathan Hinkle
Jonathan Hinkle
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A man who desperately wanted to get a free ride to Hooters, called police and made up a story about his grandmother having a stroke, according to police in Florida.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 28-year-old Jonathan Hinkle, after being accused of misusing the 911 system.

Hinkle has been charged with one count of misusing 911. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail, pending a bail hearing.

If convicted, Hinkle faces up to five years in prison.

According to the police investigation, on Tuesday night, Hinkle was at a 7-Eleven, where called 911 to report that his grandmother was having a stroke in the parking lot of a Hooters restaurant.

He asked for an officer to give him a free ride to the Merritt Island Hooters, in order to be able to help his grandmother and accompany her to the hospital.

Police gave him a ride from 7-Eleven to the Hooters. When they arrived at the Hooters parking lot, Hinkle jumped out of the police cruiser and ran way.

There was no sign of Hinkle’s grandmother. After a 3 hour search, police found 79-year-old Gayle Strickland in good health.

She told police that she did not suffer a stroke and never called her grandson for help. Police searched for Hinkle, and they found him at a Burger King near Hooters, where he helped his girlfriend fix her car.