Lexington police arrested a man accused of stealing a car in Georgetown after the man pocket-dialed 911.
James Healy, a Georgetown resident, apparently pocket-dialed police twice, once in Georgetown and once in Lexington, after he flagged down a car and stole it at gunpoint, Georgetown police Lt. Philip Halley said.
Police said Healy walked up to the car and said he needed to use it, showing his weapon. The people inside the car got out and called Georgetown police at about 10:15 Friday morning.
Sometime after Healy allegedly stole the car, Georgetown police got a call from his phone. When the police called back, Healy told them he couldn't talk.
Healy then drove to Lexington, but the car stalled on Georgetown Road, so he hitchhiked to North Broadway, Halley said.
Then Healy's phone once again called 911. When Lexington police called back, Healy told them that he had to get out of there.
Lexington police used GPS coordinates from the phone call to find Healy, then arrested him. Healy was lodged in the Scott County Detention Center.
Halley said this isn't the first time he's heard of someone being arrested because of pocket-dialing. A man about a year ago was arrested for a string of burglaries because his phone pocket-dialed police, he said.
"It is rare, but it happens," Halley said.