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Florida tow-truck driver arrested on drug charge after pocket-dialing 911

Courtesy Volusia County Sheriff

Authorities say tow truck driver Matthew Dollarhide, 19, pocket-dialed 911 while he was talking about selling drugs with two passengers. Police later arrested and charged Dollarhide with drug paraphernalia possession.

A conversation with two passengers landed an Orange City, Fla., tow truck driver in jail after his cell phone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in.

Authorities say 19-year-old Matthew Dollarhide was surprised when a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy pulled him over on Tuesday and asked why they were talking about selling drugs.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports deputies were alerted at 9:42 p.m. local time Tuesday and sent to a location where dispatchers said the phone signal was coming from.


From the conversation, dispatchers learned that they were driving a tow truck and heard the name "Harry." Deputies pulled over a "Harry's Towing" truck moments later.

Deputies found a crack pipe on Dollarhide. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He told police the pipe belonged to his father.

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