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    Police Beat

    Man goes into ‘lied-to-by-cops mode’

    A man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, open container and an outstanding warrant in the early morning of Sept. 3.

    Police pulled over a car after seeing that it was going excessively slow and the driver was not using his turn signals. As police pulled up to the car, two beverages – one can of Milwaukee’s Best and one can of Sparks Light – were thrown out of the passenger window. Police retrieved the cans and noted that they were cold to the touch and about half full.

    As officers approached the vehicle, they reported that there was a strong smell of intoxicants coming from the driver. They also noticed two open 16-ounce Mickey’s Malt Liquor cans on the floor in the back seat. The driver asked police why he had been pulled over.

    When police responded that he had not used his turn signals, he responded by saying that the police were liars and that no one was behind him. He was asked to step out of the car and used the door for support when he did. His speech was slow and mumbled, and police witnessed him swaying.

    The driver was uncooperative with police, saying that he was “”being lied to and I’m going into my lied-to-by-cops mode.”” After the driver emerged from the car, police saw a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best under the front floorboard. After running his information, police were informed that he had an outstanding warrant for drinking in a city park.

    When police tried to question and test him for intoxication, the driver refused, saying, “”You fucking assholes. I ain’t doing shit.””

    He was uncooperative, and when police tried to talk to him, he laid down on the ground. He was repeatedly asked to stand up and place his hands behind his head. He lay on the ground still, refusing to move. After being warned many times that if he did not get up, there would be repercussions, he still lay on the ground.

    Police attempted to use pressure points to get the subject to comply, but due to the amount of skin on his neck, they were ineffective. He was again asked to get up repeatedly and warned that if he did not, police would use a Taser on him. A Taser was used on him once, but the man still refused to stand up. After even more warnings, police used a Taser again. The man responded by saying, “”I can take it; it ain’t shit.””

    Three officers tried to lift him, but the driver made himself dead weight and was unable to be lifted. Another officer was called to help.

    Once police placed the man into the car, he was transported to Pima County Jail. En route, he warned officers that “”I go to school for free now because of the last cop that Tased me”” and “”you better call someone else to help you, ’cause I am not getting out of the car.””

    A corrections officer convinced the man to exit the vehicle, and he was booked for DUI, open container and an outstanding warrant. The passenger of the car was cited and released on open container charges.

    Woman attempts to use bathroom

    in UAPD officer’s home

    A student was referred to the Dean of Students Office after attempting to enter an off-duty officer’s home on Sept. 11.

    An officer reported that he had finished working around 5 a.m. and headed home. After being there for approximately five minutes, he heard a knock at his door. The officer had not locked his door behind him, and when he looked to see who was there, he saw a girl wearing no shoes sporting ungroomed hair. She yelled at the officer to let her in, because she had to use the bathroom.

    The officer said no, that he did not know her and she should use the public bathroom at the Circle K down the street. She replied, “”No, I really have to pee,”” and, “”This is where the party is at!””

    The woman attempted to make her way into the house. She pushed the door open, saying, “”I really need to use your bathroom,”” as she tried to push him aside so she could get past him. The officer pushed her back outside and closed the door. He said there was no party here and asked her where she had come from. The woman told the officer that she had crashed into some bushes nearby and was trying to find a bathroom. The woman finally left the property after the officer insisted she go.

    The officer decided to call the University of Arizona Police Department and let them know the situation. They said they would inform the Tucson Police Department.

    The officer drove around in his police vehicle and saw no car in any bushes nearby. As he was looking, he saw the same woman in the middle of the street, urinating with her clothes on. The officer went up to the girl and asked her if he could call a friend to pick her up. She gave him a number, but there was no response. She informed the officer that she had lost her cell phone, shoes and purse and told him that she needed help.

    She asked the officer for a ride to her boyfriend’s parent’s house, because they lived closer than her parents. Because she declined any medical attention, she was taken to their house. The boyfriend’s father answered the door. According to reports, he appeared shocked and disappointed.

    The officer gave the man his business card and asked the man a few questions. He said that the woman was in drum line and had gone to a drum line after-party. He thought she was staying the night there. He thanked the officer and took her into his custody. While driving home, the officer found the party the girl had been at because of the music-related license plates and large number of cars in front of the house. No one answered the door, but he left a note with his card saying that he had found the girl and taken her home.

    The party host and girl both called and thanked the officer for helping her. She was referred to the Dean of Students Office for minor in possession of alcohol.

    Man cited for shoplifting in UofA bookstore

    Police responded to a shoplifting suspect at the UofA Bookstore Sept. 1.

    Officers met an employee of the bookstore outside where she was waiting for the suspect to exit the store. She informed officers that a man was seen on the store surveillance cameras placing a book from the store into his backpack and taking a pair of sunglasses off the rack, removing the tag, and putting them on the collar of his shirt.

    The suspect exited the store without paying and police made contact. The man was escorted to a conference room, where police read him his Miranda rights and began to question him.

    He admitted to taking the sunglasses, saying that he had not paid for them, because he did not have the money to do so. He also admitted to stealing the book because he “”needed something to read on the train to L.A. and didn’t have the money to pay for it.””

    The man said that he was in town working with the Humane Borders group. Police searched his backpack and found 13 $100 dollar bills. He told police that the money was for rent and living expenses.

    The books and sunglasses were returned to the bookstore. The man was cited and released for shoplifting and warned against returning to the bookstore because it would be trespassing.

    Man detained on outstanding warrants

    A man was arrested for two misdemeanor warrants after police stopped him for urinating in public Sept. 1.

    While police were patrolling the area around First Street and Martin Avenue, they reported a subject urinating in public. The man had urinated on a building just west of the police stations, according to reports. After police made contact with the man, he identified himself using a veteran’s card. After running his information, police were informed that the man was wanted for two misdemeanor warrants. He was transported to the county jail and booked on the warrant charges.

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