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    Police Beat: Jan. 14

    For the last time, your son isn’t on the football team

    A non UA-affiliated woman who thought her son was on the UA football team was advised to stop calling McKale Center on Tuesday.

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer was dispatched to McKale to meet with the administrative associate who made the complaint. The associate reported a woman repeatedly calling the football staff at McKale trying to learn the whereabouts of her son.

    The first stream of phone calls were received some time in 2009 until the mother abruptly stopped calling. On Jan. 8 the woman started calling McKale Center again, leaving three messages.

    The officer retrieved a phone number from one of the messages the mother left. The mother told the officer that her son was a UA football player. The officer found her son was neither a student of the UA nor a member of the football team.

    The officer warned the mother not to call the UA football staff anymore. The woman agreed to stop calling. A recording of the messages were placed into evidence.

    Man arrested for paraphernalia on ‘girlfriend’ search

    A UAPD officer was alerted, by a passerby walking her dog, of a suspicious man wearing fatigues near Bear Down Gymnasium on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. She reported the man pacing back and forth on the UA Mall and looking down into the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center.

    Additional officers were called to assist in the search and one spotted a man matching the initial description near James E. Rogers Way.

    The man said he was at the ILC looking for his girlfriend. The man told the officer his girlfriend was on campus because she was suicidal and wanted to hang herself.

    A records check on the man showed he was wanted by the Tucson Police Department in connection with a shoplifting case. Tucson police was contacted and arrived on the scene to speak with the man.

    An officer found a syringe in the man’s possession. The man admitted injecting heroin several days ago.

    The officer also found a pill bottle nearly full of acetaminophen. The prescription was filled at Chinook Pharmacy in Forks, Wash. The man claimed to have found the bottle in the bushes at a local Eegee’s.

    He was cited and released by UAPD for possession of drug paraphernalia. TPD also cited and released him for his involvement in the shoplifting case.

    No woman matching the man’s description of his “”girlfriend”” was found.

    DWH (driving while high)

    A UAPD officer pulled over a driver drifting out of his lane on Campbell Avenue at 1:24 a.m. on Tuesday for suspicion of driving under the influence.

    The officer approached the vehicle and a strong odor of marijuana smoke came out when the driver rolled down his window. The driver offered his license, insurance and registration immediately upon request.

    Additional officers were called after the suspicion of marijuana; when asked, the driver stepped out of his vehicle and allow it to be searched. The driver told the officer that the marijuana was in his jacket’s interior pocket and relinquished the drugs to the police. The officer found a plastic bag with marijuana, a glass pipe with marijuana residue, a blunt filled with marijuana and an unopened Black and Mild cigar. The officer also noticed that the man had green residue on his tongue and watery, red eyes.

    There was no additional marijuana inside the vehicle.

    The officer then began a DUI test. During the tests, the driver repeatedly asked, “”Is this really necessary?”” Also, the driver claimed that the cold was impairing his ability to perform in the tests, although he was wearing a heavy jacket, long-sleeved shirt, undershirt, jeans and boots.

    The driver submitted to a portable breathalyzer test which showed no presence of alcohol.

    The driver was placed under arrest for marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence to the slightest degree at 1:52 a.m.

    The driver was cited and taken to the UAPD headquarters where his father picked him up.

    Shoe replaced with MIP

    A UAPD officer patrolling Fourth Street observed a male UA student staggering down Santa Rita Avenue in the middle of the road on Tuesday at 5:10 a.m.

    The student was extremely unbalanced while walking and fell trying to step over the curb. He got up and continued to stagger side to side walking in the street.

    The officer approached the student and sat him down on the curb. The student was very unstable and unable to keep his balance even while seated.

    The student had several face abrasions and the officer noticed dried blood in his mouth. The student was missing his left shoe and had also injured his left big toe.

    The officer asked if the student knew when he got hurt, but the student insisted that he was fine. The officer requested aid from the Tucson Fire Department.

    The student said that he “”only had four or five shots of vodka,”” and gave several time frames for when he began drinking.

    A fire engine arrived and began assessment and treatment.

    The student was cited for minor in possession at 5:31 a.m. and was released to the care of Southwest Ambulance. The student was transported to the University Medical Center for extreme intoxication and several abrasions to his body. He was later referred to the Dean of Students.

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