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    Police Beat: April 16

    Beer me … Oh, hello Officer


    A University of Arizona Police Department officer was on patrol Sunday at 2:08 a.m. when he noticed four men at the intersection of Tyndall Avenue and Fourth Street.

    The officer noticed that one of the men was bending down, opening an 18-pack of Keystone beer.

    After the officer saw him distribute some of the beer to two men standing with him, the officer stopped and asked him for identification.

    The man was identified as over 21 years old, but the other two men — to whom the beer was handed — were underage.

    One of the men with a beer in his hand had an odor of alcohol on his breath and red watery eyes. The man told the officer that he had been drinking a couple of beers at a party off campus.

    The man who had passed out the beer was cited and released for furnishing liquor to a minor. The underage man was cited and released for minor in possession.

    Paper airplane almost causes car crash


    A UAPD officer was on patrol on Speedway Boulevard on April 7 at 11:30 p.m. when he noticed three men and a woman standing by the bus stop at 4055 E. Speedway Blvd. As the officer drove near the bus stop, one of the men took a couple steps toward the road and threw an orange object at the windshield of the patrol car.

    The officer reported that the object hit the windshield and rolled over the top of the vehicle. There was also another car immediately next to his in the middle lane and pedestrians near where the object hit.

    The officer turned the patrol around, and, as he got out of the car to speak with the man, the man started yelling, “”Oh, man that was stupid, I really fucked up and shouldn’t have thrown that at you. I guess I could have caused an accident.””

    The officer asked the man if he knew he was throwing the object at a police car, and he said that he didn’t know because the police SUV does not look like a “”normal”” police car.

    The officer got the object from the street and saw that it was a piece of paper folded into the shape of an airplane.

    The officer could also smell alcohol on the man and noticed slurred speech. The man said he drank 10 beers at a bar near his home.

    He also stated that he got the piece of paper from the Lucky Strike bowling alley at 4025 E. Speedway Blvd. and then folded into an airplane. He kept telling the officer that he didn’t know he was throwing anything at a police car and that what he did was stupid and unsafe.

    The man was arrested for criminal littering for throwing trash into a public roadway and criminal nuisance for recklessly creating a condition that endangered the safety of others.

    The man was cited and released on scene, and a taxi was called for the group.

    The orange paper airplane was placed into property as evidence.

    Too hot? Take a swim


    A UAPD officer arrived to the Hillenbrand Pool at 1827 E. Enke Drive on Sunday at 9:28 a.m. after UA employees reported a suspicious person in the area.

    An employee working a swim competition at the pool told the officer a swimmer had told him a homeless-looking man jumped the brick fence around the pool, stripped down to his underwear and began swimming.

    The employee told the officer that he asked the man to leave the area several times, but he refused. They then decided to walk behind the man, forcing him to leave, but did not use physical force to do so.

    As the man was walking away, he turned to one of the employees and said, “”You better watch your back, I’m going to get my shotgun.””

    The employee told the officer that he didn’t know if the man was being serious about the gun, but since it was his first time managing a swim meet on his own, he said, “”A man with a gun is more than I can handle.””

    Another officer found the man walking through the Sam Hughes neighborhood. The man said he felt hot and decided to go swimming in the pool to cool down.

    After 20 minutes of swimming, the man said employees started shouting at him to get out of the pool.

    He stated he thought they might use physical force on him, so he threatened them with a shotgun.

    The man was arrested for making threats and intimidations and for second-degree trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was transported to Pima County Jail.

    Some girls just can’t handle their beer bongs


    A UAPD officer was on patrol on First Street on April 7 at 12:52 a.m. when he saw a blue Honda Civic driving the opposite direction on a one-way street.

    When the officer spoke with the driver, he could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

    The officer determined the smell was not coming from the driver but noticed a woman in the back seat with bloodshot eyes.

    The woman told the officer that she was 20 years old and had “”drank a couple of beer bongs at a house party off campus.””

    When the officer asked the woman to get out of the car, she had to use both doorframes to pull herself out of the car. Once out of the car, she fell backwards against the car and had to use it as support.

    The woman was identified by a California driver’s license and had slurred speech. She could not stand without swaying back and forth about 6 inches.

    She stated that beer was readily available at the party but would not say where the house was.

    The woman was cited and released for minor in possession. A Code of Conduct referral was also completed for the woman.

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