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Police Beat: Summer 2015

Riding Dirty

A University of Arizona Police Department officer conducted a routine stop for a broken license plate lamp on a Chrysler 300 leaving the Taco Bell parking lot May 15 at 4:17 a.m.

The officer noticed the driver, a UA student, had red, watery, bloodshot eyes, and he could smell alcohol in the vehicle.

The driver denied drinking but agreed to field sobriety tests.

After failing three tests, he was placed under arrest for minor in possession of liquor in the body and operating a motor vehicle under 21 years of age with liquor in the body.

A Breathalyzer test administered at the UAPD Main Station revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.032.

Meanwhile, different UAPD officers conducted an inventory report before impounding the vehicle. The search uncovered two shotguns, a handgun, ammunition and a large amount of prescription medication.

The vehicle contained a fully loaded Ruger P95 handgun in the center console. Underneath the gun was a plastic bag with 98 Xanax pills and a medicine bottle with 59.5 more Xanax, totalling 157.5 pills without a legal prescription. The trunk contained two additional firearms, a Weatherby shotgun and a Sako bolt-action rifle.

The driver said, “I’m pretty sure it was a gift,” when asked how he obtained the pills.

He received a felony charge for possession of a dangerous drug and was civilly charged for a non-working license plate lamp in addition to the drinking charges.

He was transported to the Pima County Jail and referred to the dean of students for violating the Student Code of Conduct.

F*cking pig, mother f*cker

A UAPD officer observed a man trying to conceal himself behind bushes in front of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity on June 26 at 11:40 p.m.

The man said he was just trying to find somewhere to “take a leak,” and added that he was not familiar with the area, as he had arrived in Tucson from Nevada 12 days prior. The officer soon identified him as a homeless individual from an earlier interaction.

Fraternity members living at the residence were informed of the incident. They complained about a lot of homeless activity such as trespassing and theft.

The male was arrested for trespassing at the residents’ request and was transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

On the ride over, he shared his thoughts with the driving officer, calling him a “f*cking pig, mother f*cker.”

“Prepare yourself when you let me out of this piece of sh*t, I’m not going to be nice,” he said. “I’m going to beat the f*ck out of all of you!”

Swingin’ for the fences

A UAPD officer arrived at the Main Gate Parking Garage on May 14 at 11:05 p.m. in response to reports of suspicious activity.

Upon arrival a group of young males were seen fleeing the garage via the stairs.

Two males stayed on top of the garage’s roof where the officer observed debris, which appeared to be broken glass, scattered across the ground.

The men admitted a group of five or six individuals were breaking Christmas ornaments with a baseball bat.

No bat was found at the scene but the officers observed a backpack on the ground.

When asked, none of the men claimed responsibility for it. A search of the abandoned property revealed a cold, half-empty bottle of Stella Artois beer and a cold Landshark beer bottle, which matched broken glass on the ground.

When the sluggers were asked if they had been drinking, the answers varied. One male denied drinking and later passed sobriety testing.

The other male initially denied drinking. He later changed his response and admitted to drinking prior to the incident. He was charged with minor in bodily possession of alcohol.

Both men were released after cleaning the debris off the ground. Before leaving, one individual went back for the backpack, but the officers explained that since it had not been claimed, it would be destroyed.

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