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Police Beat 11/28/2018: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

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University of Arizona Police Department officers on the UA campus. 

Dude, that’s my car!

A car was found damaged in the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity house’s parking lot Nov. 10.

Before a University of Arizona Police Department officer arrived on the scene, a police aide was sent to speak with the car’s owner.  

After speaking with the owner, the police aide was approached by a man who was across the street from the fraternity house at the time, visiting a friend. 

The man told the aide that he had seen the damage being inflicted on the car the night at around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

According to the man, two men walked out of the frat house, climbed to the top of the car and proceeded to jump on top of it. 

The man told the police aide that he believed one of the jumping men may have been the car’s owner damaging his own car, though he was not positive. 

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Having been informed of the man’s statements, a UAPD officer made his way to the Alpha Kappa Lambda house, arriving at approximately 12:45 p.m Nov. 10. 

The officer spoke with the car’s owner, asking him about what the man had said. He also told the car’s owner that there may have been security footage that captured the incident, though this was not true.

According to the police report, the car’s owner was firm in his stance that he did not damage his own vehicle and agreed to cooperate with the officer. 

The officer noted that the owner “seemed glad” that footage existed that would help clear his name, as he would be responsible for the $500 deductible if he had inflicted damage upon his own car.

Damage included dents on the hood and roof of the car. The car’s owner did not cite an estimated total for the damages. 

No evidence other than the witness’s account was found that supported the idea of the car’s owner being responsible for the damage.

The car’s owner told the officer that he graduated from UA last year and was staying in the fraternity house for a week to visit a friend.

According to the car’s owner, the fraternity had been experiencing a high number of  unauthorized cars parking in the house’s parking lot. 

He said he believed that the men who jumped on his car may have been fraternity members who did not realize it was his car when they decided to jump on it. 

The car’s owner told the officer that if what he suspected turned out to be true, he would want to deal with the situation civilly.

Motorcycle Mystery

The old adage goes “there’s your version, my version and somewhere in the middle is the truth”. The truth was likely somewhere in the middle for a possible hit-and-run that occurred Nov. 13 in the middle of South Campus Drive. 

A UAPD officer responded to the scene of a potential hit-and-run on the sidewalk near Centennial Hall at approximately 8 a.m. 

The officer spoke with the two men, who were co-workers. The first man relayed the story to the officer.

According to the first man, he and the second man were crossing South Campus Drive on foot and were at the double yellow lines in the middle of the street when a motorcyclist, also a co-worker, drove extremely close to him.

The motorcyclist allegedly hit the cuff of the first man’s shirt while honking his horn. The first man felt that the motorcyclist had done this intentionally.

The first man led the officer to exactly where the incident had taken place. 

He also gave the officer a typed document that listed the motorcyclist’s work performance and behavior from the day before. 

According to the officer, none of the work incidents indicated criminal activity. He recommended that issue be dealt with by a human resources office.

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The officer then spoke with the motorcyclist. According to the motorcyclist, he never hit the first man while driving. 

He said that the men had already crossed the double yellow lines when he passed them and that he honked his horn to alert them to his presence.

The motorcyclist insisted that he had remained within the boundries of his lane while driving past the men.

With the first man telling one version and the motorcyclist telling another version, the person who could have given some more objective insight into the incident was the second man, who had been crossing the street with the first man when the motorcyclist drove past. 

However, the second man told the officer that from his spot he had not been able to see if the motorcyclist had or had not actually made contact with the first man’s shirt.

The officer concluded the report by noting that a hit -and-run accident had not occurred and that he had documented the incident as a courtesy.


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