Police Beat: July 9
A mellow marijuana bust
University of Arizona Police Department officers observed a non-UA affiliated man walking out of the Student Union Memorial Center at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 30. Upon spotting the officers, the man turned about face and walked back into the student union. Officers made contact with the man, who said he wasn’t trying to avoid the police, but that he was trying to get a drink of water. Officers told him to get a drink and talk to them if the man didn’t mind. Upon returning from getting drink, the man spoke with officers. He told them that he was going to a friend’s house. Officers asked the man if he had anything illegal on his person, and the man admitted to having possession of a plastic bag of marijuana and a joint in his front pocket. Officers confiscated the drugs and paraphernalia and cited the man, noting that the man was very cooperative and honest throughout the interaction.
UAPD officers observed a man driving erratically at 2 a.m. on June 27. The black Honda was seen swerving into the bike lane while traveling eastbound on Speedway Boulevard. The vehicle then corrected itself and suddenly cut across three lanes to turn left onto Mountain Avenue. Officers pulled over the vehicle and made contact with the driver. The officer noticed the man’s eyes were bloodshot and watering. He was slurring his speech and the officer noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath. The driver admitted to police to having had one drink earlier in the night. As the driver exited the vehicle he swayed while walking. The officer administered a Standard Field Sobriety Test. The driver showed numerous cues of inebriation during the test. Officers read the driver his Miranda rights and placed him under arrest. In custody at the police station, the driver blew a .101 on a breathalyzer test. Officers secured the vehicle and seized the driver’s license before releasing the driver to a friend.