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Police Beat: April 1, 2015

Hack and slash… or not

A UA faculty member reported damage to a tire of a UA vehicle parked on 1565 N. Ring Road at 1:39 p.m. on March 16.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer arrived at the AHSC substation to meet with the UA affiliate. He thought someone slashed the rear driver’s side tire of the UA vehicle that was parked on the west side of the building.

He claimed the vehicle was parked properly at about 11:30 a.m. that day. Another UA employee went to use the vehicle around 1:40 p.m. and noticed the tire was flat.

A razor blade, 1 ½ inches long, was seen stuck in the tire. There was also a slash approximately 3 inches long on top of the tire. The security camera located on the west side of the building pointed directly at the vehicle. Two officers on the scene asked the staff member to view the security camera footage at 2 p.m.

The footage showed the vehicle parked at 11:08 a.m. and the tire getting flatter and flatter as time went on. As the security camera was rewound, the tire was inflating up to the time it was parked.

The officers determined that the driver of the vehicle ran over something, which caused the tire to go flat when the vehicle was parked. The UA faculty member reporting the incident agreed to their conclusion and was issued a case number.

Out of sight, out of mind

A UA student was driving his 1993 silver Ford F150 pickup when a UAPD officer saw an illegible temporary license on the vehicle on March 16 at 7:16 p.m.

The officer stopped the truck on First Street just east of Campbell Avenue. As the officer moved closer to the vehicle, he saw that the temporary license plate expired on Feb. 12. The driver said he did not have a license on him due to it being taken away on a previous DUI charge.

The student told the officer he had paperwork from the Pima County Justice Court giving him a 90-day driving privilege but realized he forgot it at his house. He claimed to be on his way back to get it. The officer mentioned his expired registration, and he said he had a new valid temporary registration that he forgot to put on the back of the vehicle. The officer confirmed his story by running a check on the VIN number.

When the officer ran a check on the student, he learned that his Arizona driving privilege had been revoked. The woman inside the car got a ride back to the house from Uber transportation to retrieve the court paperwork. The officer found out that the 90-day extension was from a previous charge of driving while revoked and not a 90-day temporary driving privilege as the man claimed. The student said he must have misunderstood the judge when confronted with this information.

He was cited and released for driving on a revoked license. The truck was towed to Tucson Wrecker Pool for impounding. The two individuals left in another Uber vehicle.

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