Police Beat: Oct. 13

Lucy Valencia

Scalper supplies spurious $20

Vendors at the UA football game requested assistance from University of Arizona Police Department officers after someone tried paying with a counterfeit $20 bill on Saturday. The suspect stated that she had received the bill as change the scalper she bought her ticket from. She did not think she would be able to identify the scalper since she had gone to a number of them trying to find the best deal. The bill was turned over to UAPD.

When the police tell you to leave, do it

A UAPD officer was working at the UA football game in Section 17 of the stadium on Saturday when he saw a man flipping off fans of the visiting team and cursing at them. The officer noticed the man’s disruptive behavior was causing a disturbance amongst the crowd; the officer ejected him from the stadium for disorderly conduct.

Several minutes later, the same man came back into the football stadium and tried sitting in Section 17 again. The officer placed him under arrest for trespassing. The man replied that he had bought a second ticket to the game and was allowed to re-enter. The officer informed him that he was not permitted to re-enter after being told to leave by police. The man also did not have a new ticket in his possession. He was cited and released for trespassing.

Car accident after UA football game in parking garage

A car accident occurred in the third level of the Sixth Street Parking Garage on Saturday, after the UA football game had ended and people were trying to leave. The accident involved a car and a truck.

The man driving the car stated he was stopped in line with other cars trying to exit the garage when he was hit from the rear by a large truck. The front passenger was holding a minor, who had been sitting in the back seat, and complained of neck pain. The UAPD officer who responded then requested for Tucson Fire Department paramedics to evaluate.

The UAPD officer then spoke to the truck driver. When he asked if any passengers had been injured, they all stated “”no.”” The officer then asked the truck driver what had happened. The driver stated that while driving down the ramp of the parking garage, he was talking to his friends in the truck and they had been fooling around. The driver said he was not paying attention to the vehicle in front of him and hit it from behind. The truck driver wanted to handle the accident with the other driver, but the other driver wanted to handle everything through insurance companies.

The investigation revealed that the driver of the truck was at fault. No citations were issued due to the fact that the accident occurred on private property.

Reunited … and it feels so good

A white Ford F350 truck reported stolen to the Tucson Police Department was located in a UA lot on Saturday.

A UAPD officer was going a check of the lot at 8:42 a.m. when he saw a white truck with Arizona an license plate parked in a handicapped parking spot. The officer had noticed the truck parked there the previous day during normal business hours amongst other cars.

The officer conducted a check on the license plates of the car and was informed the truck was stolen. UAPD communications confirmed that the Ford was stolen.

The driver’s door lock had been punched out, a plastic covering underneath the steering column was partially pried open and the ignition was damaged.

The truck was released to the owner and an officer advised her to contact Tucson Police Department if she notices anything is missing or finds any property in it that is not hers.