A 52-year-old Fargo man was arrested on Saturday, accused of pretending to be lost and freezing to death - a report prompting seven police officers to search for him for nearly 2½ hours.
George James Dorr, 814 4th Ave. S., was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a public officer shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday.
Police say Dorr called 911 at 12:25 a.m., telling a dispatcher he was intoxicated, lost and "freezing to death" while walking, Sgt. Mark Lykken said.
In the 2 hours and 27 minutes that followed, police say they had phone contact with Dorr 24 times. In one call, he said he was by the airport, Lykken said. During other calls, he said he was walking along 19th Avenue North and had crossed Interstate 29.
The temperature at the time was 20, with winds up to 25 mph, so police feared for the caller's safety, Lykken said. Six officers from North Dakota State University and one from Fargo police joined the search.
Police say they found Dorr in the 400 block of Broadway after responding to a report of intoxicated people, Lykken said. Dorr was arrested and transported to Sanford Health before being booked into the Cass County Jail.