The 18-year-old, who was high on drugs, had what he called an "odd dream" and tried to convince his family what happened in the dream was real. When they didn't believe him, he called 911—twice.
On Monday, Mark Welch had an odd dream. After he woke up, he believed everything that happened in his dream was real and told his family everything that was taking place that day was in his dream. Alas, his family did not believe him.
Welch, however, was not prepared to leave it at that. So he called 911 in the hopes of proving to his family that these things really did happen. WFTV reports he told the 911 operator what he had told his family; everything that happened that day took place in his dream. When asked for details, Welch said it was all on paper; he had written everything down.
A deputy was dispatched to the Welch residence. The officer was told by Welch that he had smoked some synthetic marijuana (K2). The Orlando Sentinel reports the deputy found Welch was confused but did not require medical assistance.
Prior to leaving, the deputy warned Welch he would be arrested if he ever called 911 again when there was no emergency.
But the young man's problem was still not solved. Welch still needed the police to prove to his family that what happened in his dream was real. His parents hid his phone so he could not make another 911 call. But, what are neighbours for?
Welch went to a neighbour's house and called 911 about 40 minutes later. And he knew he should not have called back. He admitted there was no emergency and was quoted in the New York Daily News as telling the operator, "The officer told me not to call back, and he said if I called back, then y'all were going to take me to court. So I'm calling back."
The same deputy went back to Welch's home and arrested him. He faces one count of misuse of the 911 system, a first-degree misdemeanor. Welch was booked into the Volusia County Jail and held on a $500 bond.
The Daily News pondered if his arrest and jailing were part of his dream.
Welch's first 911 call can be heard here.
The second call can be heard here.