Woman's recent legal troubles started when she refused to leave car dealership, deputies say

Woman’s recent legal troubles started when she refused to leave car dealership, deputies say

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, December 1st 2023, 2:54 PM EST)

TAVARES, Fla. (TND) — A woman who has been in and out of jail three times in just over a year is back behind bars on charges of misusing the 911 emergency system and resisting arrest.

Authorities in Florida said Linda Lincoln was arrested Tuesday morning, Nov. 28. She had reportedly called 911 several times for no reason.

On the first two occasions, police officers found nothing wrong and told her to stop calling.

On the third time, reports said she screamed at an officer and wanted to be taken to jail.

On the fourth time, Lincoln was arrested but refused to go, and she was eventually taken away.

Her previous arrest was a year earlier, and she spent two weeks in jail for an active warrant and failing to appear on a trespassing charge.

That trespassing charge came on the evening of Oct. 25, 2022, when police were called to a car dealership “in reference to an individual who was refusing to leave the property,” according to her arrest report.

It said Lincoln was “in the service area of the dealership” with an officer “explaining to the defendant that the dealership owners wanted her trespassed from the property and that she had to leave.”

But Lincoln told the officer “she was not going anywhere, and that we would have to arrest her to remove her from the property.

Woman's recent legal troubles started when she refused to leave car dealership, deputies say
Linda Lincoln was booked into jail on (from left) Oct. 25 and Nov. 21, 2022; and Nov. 28, 2023. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“The defendant was told both numerous times by law enforcement to leave the dealership, which the defendant adamantly refused.

“When she was told to leave the property for the final time, the defendant verbally refused and lifted both of her arms in front of her wrists touching each other, consistent with the position someone would be in if handcuffed from the front.”

Lincoln was eventually arrested for trespassing and spent 14 hours in jail.

This time, her bail was set at $3,000 and she has neither paid it nor been released.

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