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    Police Beat: Nov. 23

    Driver runs over passenger’s good leg

    A woman exited her golf cart on Nov. 16, and fell, injuring herself.

    As she was getting out, she placed her right foot onto the pavement between the golf cart and the curb. The woman’s left foot was previously broken and in a cast at this time. Before she had completely stepped out, the driver started going, causing the woman’s right foot and ankle to get squished between the curb and the passenger side of the golf cart’s rear wheel.

    The driver immediately drove the woman to UA Campus Health Service for treatment. The woman’s injury consisted of scrapes and abrasions on her right ankle as well as a swollen ankle.

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer took photos of her right foot, and UA Risk Management was advised of what had happened.

    Hot rod ignites ethanol in beaker

    A woman had a beaker of ethanol on Nov. 16, when it accidentally caused a small fire within the beaker while she was at the BioSciences West building.

    She said to a UAPD officer that at about 4:30 p.m., she was plating cells under the hood and placed a hot rod into a beaker of ethanol. The rod ignited the ethanol and started a fire. The woman said she put the fire out with an extinguisher.

    There was no damage to anything but the plastic beaker. No one in the room was hurt.

    Fire Safety was called right away, and they responded minutes later to recharge the fire extinguisher.  

    Befuddled, besotted bandit botches burglary

    A man was arrested for theft and burglary of a means of transportation after an employee saw him try to steal a 2009 Joyner all-terrain vehicle from the Facilities Management Administration and Engine Shop on Nov. 15.

    A crew employee had seen the man enter through a pedestrian gate and walk to where the ATV was parked for repair. The man then sat on the ATV, turned it on and drove around in circles inside the small fenced area. He started driving toward the administrations office and pushed a concrete bench approximately two feet with the ATV. The man lodged the ATV against a light pole with a concrete base, got off the ATV, and left the area.

    The UAPD officer located a man matching the description leaning up against a crosswalk traffic pole. He had a little bit of blood on his hands and his clothes were dirty and disarrayed. He was trying to use his phone but seemed to be having difficulty. The officer told the man to turn around and placed him into handcuffs.  

    The man asked the officer why he was being handcuffed. The officer explained that he matched the description of a suspect of a recent theft. The man told the officer that it could not have been him because “”my stepfather just dropped me off.””

    A few seconds later, the man told the officer that he had just gotten off work. When the officer asked where he worked, he said he worked at the Saddle Ranch Chop House on Coyotes Boulevard. Then he told the officer that it was a steakhouse in Glendale, Ariz. The officer asked him what city he thought he was in. The man said he thought he was in Glendale or Peoria, Ariz., and continued making references to the Phoenix area throughout the entire time he spoke to the officer.

    The officer noticed an odor of alcohol coming from the man’s breath. The man also had problems balancing and could not walk in a straight line. His eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. When the officer asked if he had been drinking, the man denied having any alcohol.

    The officer brought witnesses who indicated he was the man who had tried to take the ATV.

    The man claimed he was not the person they wanted and he wanted to talk to his lawyer because police had violated his rights.

    The man was booked in Pima County Jail.

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