IL Man Calls 911 Looking for a Fight. Cops Show Up to House and Oblige

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on January 31, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you want a fight, take up boxing. Go to a country bar. Play a video game. Find a sibling. Hit yourself in the head.

Just don't call 911 looking for a fight. No, not even if you're drunk and you have some lingering anti-police aggression. And definitely not if you're a sex offender with a long criminal record.

When John Pacella of Willowbrook, Ill. didn't heed this advice, he landed himself a cozy spot in the DuPage County Jail.

Pacella, who is no stranger to local police, called 911 earlier this month and asked to fight a police officer, reports the Chicago Tribune. A confused operator sent officers to investigate the 4 a.m. call.

John Pacella wasn't kidding.

When officers arrived, he shoved them and tried to start a fight. He was promptly arrested.

One supposes that both Pacella and the officers were asking for it.

The 911 fighter has since been charged with aggravated battery, resisting a police officer, and battery with intent to provoke -- all felonies. He's also being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He's having a hard time coming up with the cash.

Which makes one wonder why he would call 911 looking for a fight.

John Pacella clearly has no money; he's been convicted of indecent solicitation of a 14-year-old child; and he remains on the Illinois sex offender registry. He may also still be on probation and he probably just lost his low-paying job.

Was he trying to further ruin his life?

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