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    Police Beat: September 19

    Talk shit, get hit

    Two University of Arizona Police Department officers were traveling westbound on Speedway Boulevard at 3:14 a.m. on Sept. 14 when they saw multiple people cross the median at the Tyndall intersection heading north. They then saw two men begin to fight on the northeast corner.

    The officer drove toward the scene, attempting to stop the fight. The officer in the passenger seat quickly exited the vehicle and the two men stopped fighting, while another two attempted to flee the scene.

    The officer was able to detain one while the other officer caught another two in a nearby parking lot. One of the men had a cut underneath his right eye.

    The men who had been fighting both identified themselves as UA students. The subject with the cut underneath his eye claimed he didn’t need medical attention for his injury. He said that their argument first started at Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ, where words were exchanged between him and another man.

    The injured man said that he then crossed Speedway Boulevard, heading north, and the man followed him, asking him if he could back up what he was saying.

    He then threw a punch at the other man, hitting him in the eye. The two continued to punch one another.

    When one of the officers confronted the man who threw the first punch, and he said the other man had been yelling at him and instigated the fight as he walked across the street. He said this is what made him lose his temper and then hit the man in the eye. The men had not met each other prior to their altercation.

    The man who threw the punch was arrested on charges of assault and booked into Pima County Jail.

    Friends don’t let friends pass out in the bathroom, except this time

    A UAPD officer went to the Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall at 4:41 a.m. on Sept. 14 after reports of an 18-year-old UA student found sleeping on the bathroom floor on the eighth floor.

    When the officer arrived, the Tucson Fire Department was there assisting the woman, who at this point was sitting on the floor in one of the bathroom stalls.

    She was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and one shoe. Her eyes were bloodshot, but she didn’t smell like alcohol. TFD cleared the student and decided she didn’t need to be transported to a hospital.

    When the officer spoke with the student, she said that she had been at a house party that night and drank an unknown amount of vodka. She didn’t know the location of the house.

    According to the student, she came back to the residence hall with a group of friends after the party, but didn’t know how long she had been in the bathroom.

    The officer then spoke with her friends who were standing in the hallway, and they said she had been in the restroom since about 1:30 a.m. They said they didn’t realize she was still in the bathroom, and thought she had gone home.

    The officer released her and she walked to her residence hall, after being referred to the Dean of Students Office.

    Man films fight with phone, flees

    A taxi driver flagged down a UAPD officer at about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 after he said he saw several men assaulting another man near Sixth Street and Fremont Avenue.

    When the officer approached Sixth Street and Santa Rita Avenue, he saw several men in a parking lot, with one man running westbound on Sixth Street. The officer followed on his police motorcycle.

    As the man ran, he frequently stumbled and swerved from one side to the other, using his arms to balance himself, as if he was intoxicated.

    A second UAPD officer detained the man after he tripped. The 18-year-old man was identified with an Arizona driver’s license.

    Later on, the officer found that the man and his friends witnessed the fight and then began filming it with an iPhone.

    The subject said he ran because he was afraid of getting in trouble and didn’t want to receive a minor in possession.

    The officer ended up citing and releasing him for minor in possession of alcohol in body after noticing his red, watery eyes, smelling alcohol on his breath and seeing his behavior.

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