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    Police Beat: Jan. 21

    Thumb nailed, tacked to board

    University of Arizona Police Department arrived at the Arizona Repertory Theatre on Jan. 17 in response to a UA student in need of assistance.

    The man said he was at the theater to build a set for a play he was working on, and was in the process of nailing boards together.

    He accidently shot a nail into his thumb using a nail gun and was unable to get the nail out.

    Another officer was on scene and was able to use bolt cutters to separate the nail from the wood board to which it was attached.

    Paramedics then transported the man with the nail in his thumb to University Medical Center.

    Officers determined that the accident was caused by the misplacement of the man’s hand, rather than equipment failure.

    Men pitch pot from parking garage

    A UAPD officer was conducting a garage check at the Tyndall Avenue Garage on Jan. 17 when he noticed four men sitting against a short wall. The officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the area.

    The four men were identified by two Arizona drivers’ licenses, a California license and a New Jersey license.

    When asked whether or not they had been smoking, they all replied that they had been earlier.

    The men said when they saw the patrol car come toward them and stop, they threw  the marijuana and smoking pipe over the edge of the garage.

    Another officer found the marijuana at the bottom of the ramp inside a Motrin pill bottle. The officer also found a smashed glass smoking pipe without a bowl.

    The men said they had pooled money together to buy the marijuana from an unknown man at a house party off campus earlier in the week.

    The total amount of marijuana found was 33.3 grams. It was placed into UAPD property with a request to be destroyed and the incident was referred to the Dean of Students Office.


    Woman meets pole, gets DUI

    A UAPD officer was driving north on Campbell Avenue from University Boulevard on Jan. 18 when he heard squealing tires on his left.

    He saw a blue sedan collide with a light pole at the southwest corner of the intersection. There were no other vehicles involved. After making a U-turn, the officer saw that the vehicle had left the scene.

    After the officer relocated the car, he pulled the driver over and asked for her driver’s license. She spent nearly two minutes searching, but was unable to find identification.

    The officer could smell alcohol on the woman’s breath. She said she had a little to drink earlier that day, but knew she was being pulled over for hitting a pole. A DUI investigation was undertaken, and after she failed a field sobriety test, the woman was arrested and taken to UAPD’s main station.

    At the station, the woman was given a breathalyzer test and blew a .146. She was cited, driven home and released to her roommate.

    Photos were taken of the car and the light pole and were submitted as evidence. The incident was reported to the Dean of Students Office.

    Syringes, white powder for class, ‘homemade pleasure device’

    On Jan. 18, a UAPD officer on patrol noticed a gold Lincoln town car making an illegal left turn.

    When the officer caught up with the car, it was parked at First Street and Highland Avenue and was unoccupied.

    A records check was made on the car’s license plates that revealed the plates and the driver’s license were suspended.

    The officer waited in the area, but the driver did not return.

    Later, the officer drove south on National Championship Drive and noticed the car again. The officer pulled the man over.

    It was discovered that the driver had a warrant out for his arrest issued by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. He was immediately arrested.

    Another officer performed a search of the vehicle and found two syringes with about 1.1 cubic centimeters of an unidentified clear liquid. Also found was a clear plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance.

    The man said the syringes had a saline solution for his veterinary sciences class and the powder was a casting material used to make a “”homemade personal pleasure device.””

    The vehicle was impounded, and all substances were placed into UAPD property as evidence for further testing.


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