December 17, 2016 12:27 AM
HUDSON - “They had no idea and they were really, really both of them, quite upset about it,” Bridgette Bullard said.
Bullard works at The Inn at Ca'Mea and Ca’Mea Restaurant on Warren Street in Hudson.
She said one of the house keepers got to work between 8 and 8:30 am when she found a woman who was very upset around the corner on City Hall Place after making a shocking discovery.
“Together they both called 911 believing that there was a woman, an elderly woman, deceased in the car,” Bullard said.
Hudson Police Sargent Randy Clarke said officers arrived just after 8:30 am to find the woman in the passenger seat of this Subaru was actually a big dummy.
He said the owner lives in Hudson and works for a company that makes medical training aids.
“Either it was either a distasteful joke or a lack of understanding what the public alarm that it could cause for people, especially in this severe weather that we've been having, Clarke said.
Police said the owner was upset about his car but they don't regret their response and take these things very seriously.
“We had two Greenport Rescue vehicles so it actually was quite a burden on emergency services,” Clarke said.
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Shards of glass where police broke through the window of the car the mannequin was in were still visible Friday night.
But the mannequin’s owner said it was all a big misunderstanding.
He didn’t to speak to NewsChannel 13 but told someone who knows him that the mannequin was dressed up for a photo shoot.
People in Hudson aren’t convinced.
“I thought it was extremely realistic and I probably would've done the same thing,” said Frank Cogliando, who works in Hudson.
“Umm yea no that's amazing but they probably do that to fool people on town,” said Hudson resident Sarah Van Buren.
Bullard said her co-worker who called 911 did not take the matter lightly.
“Not really the way you want to start your day,” Bullard said.
Police said no charges have been filed but they're looking into whether the owner or manufacturer is dressed the dummy up.
Officer said this is serious because Hudson police spend a lot of time in the winter making sure real people aren't in danger of freezing to death.
Updated: December 17, 2016 12:27 AM
Created: December 16, 2016 03:37 PM
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