Police Beat: Sept. 2

I throw tires in the street

A University of Arizona Police Department officer was working on a special assignment near Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall around midnight on Sunday when he heard a man shouting near a bike rack. Three men were walking south on Park Avenue, one of whom was carrying a bike tire. The two other men appeared to be trying to take the tire away from the man. The officer told the men to stop and two of them did. The man with the tire asked, “Why?” and threw the bike tire into the street, narrowly missing a car driving northbound. The officer commanded the man to stop and sit down, which he reluctantly did. The officer detained the man and put him in handcuffs. The other two men told the officer they had only known the man for about a week and were just trying to get him home. They did not see the man remove the tire from the bike and believed the tire was sitting by the rack. The two men were released. The officer noticed the remaining man had a strong, alcoholic smell coming from his mouth, and he was very emotional. The man was arrested on charges of obstructing a highway and booked into Pima County Jail.

The wall ate my dollar

UAPD officers responded to a call from Likins Hall at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday about an extremely intoxicated man. A resident assistant told officers that he had seen the man, a resident, being escorted to his room by a friend after he was found attempting to purchase items from the wall next to the vending machine. The RA had attempted to speak to the man but there was no response from him inside his room. An officer knocked on the door for several minutes but there was no answer. The RA used a master key to open the door. They found the man passed out on his bed. The officer attempted to wake him, but the man only groaned. The man was evaluated by paramedics and transported to University Medical Center for being extremely intoxicated. The officer found two driver’s licenses for the man, one of which was fake. Another officer later went to the hospital to interview the man, who said he had been drinking vodka he got from a friend at a UA fraternity but would not say which fraternity. He admitted to possessing fake identification. The man was cited with minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a fake ID.

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A UAPD officer made a traffic stop at 3 a.m. on Sunday after observing a vehicle, without its headlights on, cross over the median on Sixth Street. A faint smell of alcohol was coming from the car and the driver slurred his words while trying to explain why he couldn’t find his proof of insurance. The officer was conducting a straight-line test on the driver when he noticed a lump in the man’s sock. The man removed a bag containing marijuana from the sock and gave it to the officer. He said he found it in a backpack near a fraternity house but would not say which one. The man whispered to the officer in between sobriety tests and asked if the passenger in the car was a man or a woman. The officer told the man that just because someone wears a dress and tries to look like a woman doesn’t mean they are one. He informed the man that the passenger was indeed male. The man said he must not have been seeing clearly. He was cited and released for driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of about .15, minor in possession and possession of marijuana.


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