By Terri Hill | August 31, 2018
A Tarentum man who called 911 several times in 2017 saying he was injured and severely bleeding, causing emergency workers to launch a two hour search, admitted in court Thursday that he was pretending to be hurt.
David Thimons, 49, pleaded guilty to six charges including, false alarm to agency of public safety, criminal mischief, false reports to law enforcement, obstructing emergency services, and other related crimes. He was sentenced to one year probation by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning.
According to court documents Thimons told a call taker that he had fallen in a ravine near Bull Creek Road in Harrison and was badly injured. He said that he was about to pass out and had to hang up to stop one of his legs from bleeding. At one point during a second call he told a dispatcher his leg was broken.
Thimons’s frantic calls led police and EMS to launch a massive search to locate him. Emergency crews from Tarentum, Fawn, Harrison and Brackenridge spent close to two hours searching. A state police helicopter also aided in the search. Crews also used ATVs during the search.
The search was ended when he was spotted walking towards his car, which ironically was parked close to the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church, the site chosen for the command post.
Police say Thimons was not injured and smelled of alcohol. His attorney said Thimons completed an alcohol rehabilitation program.
While Thimons denied calling 911, police found a record of he calls on his cellphone.
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