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POLICE BEAT: Spring Fling edition

Alex McIntyre
A University of Arizona Police Department officer makes a call while standing by near the Koffler building on the UA campus.

Spring fling yourself onto this golf cart

University of Arizona Police Department officers witnessed three men at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center jump onto a golf cart in an attempt to evade the police on April 10, 2016.

The officers were dispatched to the aquatic center after receiving notice that unknown persons had activated the motion detector alarm.

Upon arrival, an officer observed a man jump over a wall and land on the roof of a UA golf cart. After landing, the man jumped to the ground.

A second man similarly attempted to jump onto the golf cart. The man slipped and hit his face on the cart’s roof instead. He stood up and climbed off the roof.

A third man managed to successfully jump over the wall and onto the roof of the golf cart.

The officers apprehended the men. All three men were unaffiliated with the UA, though one attended Tucson High School.

All three men were fully clothed and showed no sign of having been in the pool. However, none of the men were wearing shoes.

The men told the officers they had been on UA’s campus that evening for Spring Fling. 

After the carnival, they went to get pizza. While eating, they heard other men inside the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center diving into the pool. The men had attempted to jump over the wall after noticing the officers arrive.

The officer cited all three men for trespassing.

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Cursing the carnival 

A UAPD officer working Spring Fling encountered a drunk and belligerent male student repeatedly cursing the UA on April 11, 2014.

While making his rounds, the officer noticed the student repeatedly yelling profanity and holding up both of his middle fingers towards a table of Spring Fling security personnel.

The security staff told the student to leave as he was being drunk and disruptive. They were no longer allowing people to enter the event that night.  The student continued his barrage of curses.

Intervening, the officer told the student to leave. The student responded by yelling “Fuck UA and fuck you.”

Another man attempted to make the student leave the area, but the student continued yelling.

Once again, the officer told the student to leave, to no avail. He also asked the student for any form of identification. The student clenched his fists and continued to curse.

The officer led the student behind a fence in an attempt to calm him down. He again asked the student for identification. The student again clenched his fists and cursed the officer.

The officer handcuffed him, which lead to the student finally calming down and telling the officer where his ID was.

The student apologized for his behavior, explaining that he was just being drunk and stupid.

The officer referred him to the Dean of Students for Disorderly Conduct and released him.

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