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Police Beat: Family Weekend Edition

Courtesy UAPD

University of Arizona Police Department officers on the UA campus. 

Family Blame Game

Being an adult apparently does not mean that you can’t still blame everything on your parents. At least, that’s what one drunk University of Arizona student thought when he was caught by a University of Arizona Police Department officer during Family Weekend 2015. 

The officer was going about his patrol of the area near Arizona Stadium during the football game against Oregon State on Oct. 10. While patrolling, he spotted a male student displaying signs of intoxication. 

According to the officer, the student was leaning against one of the stadium pillars. He looked as though he was having a hard time remaining upright and maintaining his balance.

The officer approached the student and proceeded to note further signs of intoxication.

The student’s speech was slurred and incomprehensible. His eyes were bloodshot. His person gave off the odor of intoxicants.

When questioned, the student told the officer he was 19 years old. According to the student, his parents were the ones who gave him not one beer, but two.

Medical respondents arrived on scene to evaluate the student. Once they cleared him, the officer called the student’s mother.

His mother told the officer that she did not give her son beer. She soon arrived on the scene to claim her son.

The officer diverted the student to the Dean of Students office for underage drinking.

Elevator Caper

Two intoxicated women were in for an awkward ride when they entered the same elevator as some UAPD officers during Family Weekend 2013.

The officers were in the lobby of a UA residence hall in the early morning hours of Oct. 18 when they noticed two young women walk in and head towards the elevators.

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The first woman, who, according to the officers, appeared relatively sober, was physically supporting the second woman, who was having difficulty keeping her balance.

The second woman also had vomit on the front of her clothes.

The women and the officers entered the elevator. Once inside the elevator, it became clear to the officers that both women smelled strongly of intoxicants.

During the ride, the officers began to speak with the women. The first woman identified herself as a UA student living in that residence hall. 

She told the officer that the second woman was a sophomore in high school and a friend of hers from California who was in town for Family Weekend.

The first woman then told officers that she and her friend had gone to several different off-campus parties where they had both drunk alcohol.

The officers called the Tucson Fire Department to evaluate the condition of the second woman, who could not maintain her balance during the conversation and had to sit down. She was then taken to the UA Medical Center for treatment.

The officers cited and released both women on charges of minors in possession in the body.

Don’t Fall For It

Two young women found themselves in a truly flooring experience when a UAPD officer stopped them for underage drinking during Family Weekend 2011.

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The officer was patrolling the area near Euclid Avenue at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 24 when he spotted two women of which was staggering about. 

Upon stopping the women, the officer noticed that both had the odor of intoxicants on them.

When questioned, the first woman, the one who had had trouble walking, told the officer that she was 18 years old and had been drinking.

The second woman stepped up and stated that she was a UA student and also 18 years old, though she had no identification on her.

The officer told the women that he would be citing the both of them on charges of minor in possession.

Upon hearing this news, the second woman locked her knees and fell backward onto the ground. She sat up after approximately 20 seconds and never lost consciousness.

The officer called for medical assistance. Once medical personnel arrived, they treated the second woman.

When asked where she lived the second woman said, “Coronado.” However, Coronado Residence Hall was not open at the time. The second woman then revealed that she, along with the first woman, was only 17 years old and did not actually attend the university.

The second woman told the officer that her mother was in town for Family Weekend. The officer called a woman who he initially believed to be the mother, however then noticed sounded very young. The woman on the phone admitted to being the second woman’s sister.

The officer handcuffed the second woman and transported her to the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.

Once there, the first woman’s mother arrived and signed the “Parent’s Promise to Appear” referral in order to release her daughter’s friend.

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