Image: Gregory J. Oras, 37
Pinellas County Sheriff  /  AP
Gregory J. Oras, is facing charges of misusing the 911 system and battery of a law enforcement officer.
updated 12/30/2009 9:10:25 AM ET 2009-12-30T14:10:25

Authorities say a Florida man who called police dispatchers claiming that he had been beaten and shot at was hoping the tale would get him a ride to a bar.

Instead, 37-year-old Gregory J. Oras is facing charges of misusing the emergency call system and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The St. Petersburg Times said an arrest report says Oras called police dispatchers three times before his arrest early Tuesday in Oldsmar, northwest of Tampa. He told the dispatchers he had a broken nose and bleeding ears, and claimed people were shooting at him.

Authorities say he was actually looking for a ride to another bar.

The report also says Oras kicked a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy in the knees and a Taser was used to subdue him before he was arrested.

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