NEW YORK (AP) -- Prosecutors say a 50-year-old man made at least 20 fake emergency calls in the past four months claiming New York City police officers had been shot or were being held hostage.
Alex Rodriguez pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Tuesday to charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and falsely reporting an incident. He faces up to seven years in prison.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says the calls were made from pay phones around the city to 911, and an operator was told officers had been shot or injured. But the calls were all fake.
Brown says in one instance, officers speeding to the scene in bad weather were injured when the car crashed.