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Lawyer ends up behind bars after telling police that his wife was a black widow spider

By William Martin 12:35 PM January 21, 2018
William Rutger

A lawyer was placed behind bars after calling police multiple times in the middle of the night while he was drunk, according to police in Florida.

Tarpon Springs said that they have arrested 61-year-old William Frances Rutger after telling police twice to take his wife to a mental hospital because she was a spider.

Rutger was charged with one count of misuse of the police emergency system.

In court, Rutger pleaded no contest to the charge.

A judge ordered Rutger to pay $500 in court costs and fines.

According to to the police investigation, Rutger was a lawyer and wrote the book “The Alcoholic’s Guide to Adventure.”

On Tuesday, at around, 1:00 a.m., Rutger called the police to say that his wife was a spider.

He told the dispatcher that according to the Baker Act, his wife should be taken to a mental hospital for a mandatory examination.

A police officer told Rutger that he was misusing the 911 emergency system.

He was warned not to call again.

At around 3:00 a.m., Rutger called again and told the police that his wife was a black widow spider.

Police officers who responded to the scene noticed that Rutger was intoxicated.

He was then arrested without incident.