A BALLARAT man who thought it would be funny to make a fake call to 000 when he and his friends were drunk has fronted court over the prank.
Adam Rowland, 19, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court earlier this morning where he pleaded guilty to making a false call to an emergency service.
The court heard Rowland and his friends had been drinking at a house in Bundoora in April last year when they decided to call an ambulance to a house over the road regarding a seizure.
The group then watched as paramedics searched for the house.
But suspecting they had fallen victim to a prank, the ambulance staff contacted police and the false call was traced back to Rowland.
The teenager initially denied making the call, saying he had sold the phone a month and a half earlier.
Police again returned to his home, and this time he admitted the offence.
Defence lawyer Hamish Locke said his client regretted the incident.
"He was drinking with friends and as a group they decided to call 000," Mr Locke said.
"He was quite intoxicated at the time and he's instructed me directly that it was a moronic thing to do."
Magistrate Catherine Lamble convicted and fined Rowland $400.
"It's important to acknowledge the serious nature of the offending," she said.
"Emergency services are a scarce resource."