AVON LAKE, Ohio - An Avon Lake man is in jail after drunkenly calling 911 to report an argument with his ex-wife over five Milwaukee's Best beers.
John Bansley was dropped off at his ex-wife’s home after being cited for open container in a public place. A police report said Bansley was sitting outside a food mart on Lear Read with an open 16-ounce can of Milwaukee’s Best Premium beer and a cardboard sign reading “bus ticket or beer.”
Bansley, found by officers just after 10 a.m. Monday, admitted he had been drinking until the morning hours and woke up at 9 a.m.
Officers said they recognized Bansley from a previous incident.
“He was talkative and cooperative and his main points of conversation was beer and going to Chicago,” a police report reads.
Bansley was taken to his ex-wife’s home under the condition that he did not drink or bring beer into the home. Officers gave Bansley’s ex-wife his five remaining Milwaukee’s Best beers, which they had confiscated.
At 11:15 a.m., Bansley called 911 to report that his ex-wife wouldn’t give him back his beer.
“It’s a fight over beer,” Bansley tells the Avon Lake police dispatcher. Bansley argues with his ex-wife in the background, then ends the call by telling the dispatcher she sounds pretty and asking for her number.
Here’s a transcript and audio of the 911 call:
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JB: “She took my beer.”
Dispatcher: “Avon Lake Police Department”
Dispatcher: “Hi. (Long pause). Do you have an emergency?”
JB: (To his ex-wife) “No. They told you to give it back to me.
Ex-wife in the background: “No. I told them I wouldn’t give it to you.”
JB: “It’s a fight over beer”
Dispatcher: “Who are you? What’s your name?”
JB: “My name’s John Bansley. They just picked me up for public intox and they dropped me off at my ex-wife’s house.”
JB: “And they gave her the beer and said don’t let him leave and now she’s got the beer and she says, ‘I’m gonna keep it.’ And all’s I got is that beer. That’s the only thing I got to my name.”
Dispatcher in background: “They are arguing over the beer.”
JB: “You know what? It’ll all work out. I’ll be out of this city. I’ll be out of this state in two shakes of a lion’s tail. I’m sorry for bothering you.”
Dispatcher: “That’s OK. I’ll have an officer come talk to you. We’ll resolve it, OK hon?”
JB: “Nah, you don’t need to have an officer come over.”
Dispatcher: “OK. Well, I’ve got one in the area so if you want to talk to him, he’s right out there by your house. Where did she go? I don’t hear her anymore.”
JB: “Nah. She went into her room. She’s probably talking to her new boyfriend.”
Dispatcher: “OK. Well if you need anything else, call me back, OK?”
JB: “Well, you got a personal phone number? You sound kinda pretty.”
Dispatcher: “I don’t. Sorry.”
JB: (Laughs) Inaudible
Dispatcher: “Alright. Take care John.”
When the responding officer arrived at the home, Bansley’s ex-wife said she was unaware that a 911 call had been made.
Bansley reiterated to the officer he made the call because his ex-wife would not give him his beer.
“I determined no emergency existed other than John wanting those five Milwaukee’s Best beers back,” the officer wrote in the report.
Bansley was charged with improper use of the 911 system and sentenced to four days in jail. He will be released from the Lorain County Jail on Saturday.
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