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    Police Beat: Dec. 1

    Under 21? get in for $10

    Two University of Arizona Police Department officers were patrolling the area near Sixth Street and Campbell Avenue on Nov. 24, when they saw a person on the ground. As they pulled the patrol car up to the person, they saw that a woman had her pants down and was squatting against a wall. When she saw the policemen, she quickly pulled up her pants and began to stagger toward them. The woman swayed and then sat on the curb. One of the officers asked her if she had anything to drink, to which she replied, “”Yes, way too much.”” The woman explained that she was drinking at Championship Dining, also known as “”Champs,”” and that she was 20 years old. The woman was arrested for minor in possession.

    While the officers had been speaking with the woman, a man arrived and gave her a hug. The man identified himself and told officers he was 20 years old. The man informed the officers that the bar Champs had let him in, knowing that he was under 21, for $10. He told the officers that he would point out the person who took his money and let him into the bar. The man was also slurring his speech, had watery red eyes and a strong smell of intoxicants coming from his breath.

    The two officers tried to have the man get into their patrol car so that they could show up at the bar to identify the person who let him in. The man changed his mind and decided that he didn’t want to anymore. The man was advised of his Miranda Rights. He agreed to answer questions and told the officers he drank a couple shots at his house, then went to the bar and had two Jack and Cokes there. Afterward, he jumped the fence to the outdoor portion of the bar, but was kicked out for doing so. Then he and two other friends waited in line to get into the bar and the person at the door told them he would let them in and bypass the line for $10 each. The man handed this person his I.D., which he quickly looked at before letting the group inside for $30. He was then cited and released.

    Skate and get cited

    A skateboard that belonged to a non-UA affiliated man was confiscated from the Manuel T. Pacheco Integrated Learning Center on Nov. 24. The man had previously been warned against skateboarding on the campus by UAPD.

    At about 11:15 a.m., on Nov 24, an officer went to the ILC after receiving information that two people had been doing skateboard tricks there. Another officer, who had stopped them, had them verbally identify themselves. A records check returned with results that showed one of the men had previously been warned not to perform skateboard tricks on UA property. The most recent warning had been in September, when he had been told the consequences if he was found skateboarding on UA property again. The man said he remembered the encounter, but did not remember when it took place.

    At 11:27, one of the officers confiscated the man’s skateboard and issued him a parking and transportation citation. The officer warned the two men that they could possibly face trespassing charges and impoundment of their skateboards if they were found skateboarding on campus again. Both of them stated that they understood and left without incident.

    Bookstore theft

    A UAPD officer went to the bookstore at 2:53 p.m., on Nov. 24, after a woman suspected of shoplifting was said to be running east on the UA Mall. She was described as approximately  5’4″” and wearing a green sweatshirt and a jean skirt. The woman was running down the stairs towards the ILC when bookstore security and the police officer successfully stopped her as she ran down the stairs. Immediately after the officer advised her to sit down on a bench, the woman claimed she had not stolen anything as she was putting things into her backpack. She pulled out about five pens and set them down next to her. She said, “”I stole these from the university, but the rest is mine.”” The bookstore security employee told the UAPD officer that she had stolen various pens and other art equipment.

    The woman said she was a UA student, but the officer could not find a record of her name. He told her that if she didn’t truthfully identify herself he would arrest her for false reporting to law enforcement. She then gave the same first and last name but with a different middle name and said she was six years older than she originally stated.

    She said she stole the pens from the bookstore because she needed them for an art class at the UA and couldn’t afford them. As she begged to be let go, the officer smelled intoxicants coming from her breath. The woman told him she had one shot of whiskey about five hours ago.

    The bookstore employee told the officer he saw her taking items off the shelves and slipping them into her backpack while he was monitoring the security cameras. He and other bookstore security members tried to catch up to her after she had exited the bookstore. He told her to stop, but the woman said “”No,”” and began running south. He said he had video footage of her shoplifting.

    The officer arrested her on charges of shoplifting. As the woman was placed into the backseat, she began begging the officers to not take her to jail over stealing some pens. She demanded to be released. The woman took off her seatbelt and began kicking in the back of the patrol car. The two officers made several attempts to calm her down and told her to stop but her actions grew more violent.

    At this time, the officers decided that she should be transported to Pima County Jail. They were not able to keep her restrained since she kept taking off her seatbelt, so they had to  secure her legs. As the officers searched the woman’s backpack she began to hit her forehead on the metal and Plexiglass portions of the caged backseat. At this point the officers determined the woman was a physical harm to herself. They placed her facedown in the backseat and secured her ankles to prevent kicking. One of the officers called a supervisor to obtain a padded helmet so that the woman wouldn’t hurt herself while being transported.

    The woman’s forehead was red, swollen and had a quarter-sized bump in the center of it. The officers determined that her injuries were very minor and did not need medical attention. The woman continued to hit her head on the bars, but could not injure herself because of the helmet.

    A few minutes later, the woman removed the helmet and continued banging her head. The officer pulled over on the side of the road and called for backup. He then placed his hands on her head so that she was not able to hit her head on the bars. The officer maintained this position until other officers arrived. As he did this, the woman told him that she knew how to give herself a concussion. When another officer arrived, he helped to secure the woman’s helmet. Together, the two officers talked about her situation and helped calm her down. She was then transported to the jail without further incident.

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