Representation. Some dispatchers at Lehigh County's 911 center openly claimed that they "do not like taking calls from Spanish people," according to a lawsuit. Pixabay


  • Ayden's father reportedly fetched him from a birthday party without telling anyone
  • His father initially told Ayden that they were heading to the park
  • The initial call got disconnected, so Ayden called 911 again for help

A 12-year-old boy reportedly dialed 911 after his allegedly drunk father took him without notice and tried to drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

"I need help. My dad is trying to take me to Vegas. He's acting weird," the boy told 911 dispatchers during the emergency phone call on Oct. 26.

The authorities located and rescued the frightened boy when his allegedly drunk father reached the Inland Empire.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatcher center in Los Angeles received a call from Ayden, who believed his father was driving drunk. The man reportedly fetched Ayden from a birthday celebration without telling anyone he picked up the boy. His father initially told Ayden they were heading to the park, ABC7 reported.

During the 911 call, Ayden described the type of car his father was driving, "Raider plates on the front and in the back." The boy tried giving the dispatcher a license plate number, but it was missing a letter, making it hard for dispatchers to identify the car's location.

"Everything was kind of hectic. We're trying to get officers in position. We're trying to get the information to everybody," dispatcher April Gingras said while recalling the incident.

The initial call got disconnected, but Ayden managed to call 911 again. He talked to the dispatchers for over an hour, sharing enough details on the car's whereabouts.

To identify the car, the dispatcher instructed Ayden to stick his hand out of the car and wave so that the officers could find the vehicle. That was when Ayden's father stopped and pulled over in the area of Baseline Road off the 15 Freeway.

The father, wearing a Las Vegas Raiders football helmet at the time of the incident, was arrested and currently faces charges that include driving under the influence (DUI) and child abuse.

Meanwhile, Ayden was transported back to his family. "We did a great thing," dispatcher Laurie Watson said. "And we're just happy."

In another incident in Pennsylvania on Nov. 20, three kidnapped boys (aged 15, 12 and 7) were able to call 911 for help.

A man allegedly jumped in an SUV and took off with three boys in the backseat after the boys' father got out of their vehicle to go inside Walmart.

The boys called 911, and one of them said that he was in a vehicle with a driver "he believed was drunk," Pennsylvania State Police said in an affidavit filed on the date of the incident.

While the man continued speeding away from the Gettysburg Walmart, the children provided authorities with updated locations.

One of the troopers managed to stop in front of the SUV and boxed the vehicle in. "I opened the door and gave him verbal commands to get out," the trooper stated in the affidavit. "As he did, the vehicle kept rolling forward until he put it into park."

The driver, who was "visibly intoxicated" during the incident was handcuffed, authorities said. He confessed to being drunk and stealing the vehicle because he ran out of gas and needed to get to Harrisburg to buy heroin, Belleville News-Democrat reported, citing court records.

The man was charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding a police officer and DUI offenses.

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Representation. The lights of a police car. diegoparra/Pixabay