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    Police Beat: February 25

    To the dogs

    A non-UA affiliated man was arrested for outstanding warrants of “dog at large” and “vicious animal biting” at 9:07 a.m. on Feb. 19.

    University of Arizona Police Department officers witnessed the man riding his bike and failing to stop at a stop sign on Cherry Avenue.

    As police exited their vehicle to speak to him, the man told officers he was in a hurry to pick up his son, who was late for school.

    He was unable to identify himself with a driver’s license or any form of identification.

    According to the police report, officers had to repeatedly remind the man to calm down, relax and stop interrupting them. The man replied that he hadn’t ridden a bike in a long time and was sorry.

    A background check on the name the suspect provided to police showed three outstanding counts of “dog at large” and one count of “vicious animal biting.”

    “Dog at large” charges in Arizona are given when a dog more than three months old is not wearing a harness and is not confined. The man then began yelling and using profane language as he was placed in handcuffs. The man’s ex-wife came and picked up the bike before the suspect was taken to Pima County Jail.

    I dare you

    A student was arrested for charges of shoplifting from the UofA Bookstore after a dare at 3:47 p.m. on Feb. 15.

    UAPD met with a loss prevention employee of the store, who told police he had witnessed a female enter a dressing room with a white sweatshirt and a dark long-sleeved shirt. When she exited the dressing room, neither item was in her hands.

    When confronted, the woman admitted to having placed the items in her purse and leaving without paying.

    Police then spoke with the woman, who said her friends had dared her to steal items from the bookstore, before she “browsed around” and decided to shoplift the two shirts.

    She was then cited and released for shoplifting and given a court date and court information. Police additionally told her not to return to the bookstore until the issue was settled.

    Underage and unsafe

    A non-UA affiliated man was cited and released for minor in possession and driving under the influence-related charges on Broadway Boulevard and Norris Avenue at 9:05 a.m. on Feb 16.

    A UAPD officer observed the man driving a Toyota Corolla. He was going 10 miles over the speed limit, tailgating another vehicle and making “unsafe” lane changes before conducting a traffic stop.

    When the officer spoke to the driver, he noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car in addition to the man’s watery eyes.

    The driver then identified himself and told the police he was 20 years old and had been drinking the night prior.

    He agreed to a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer test. The man then blew a .026.

    Due to his driving, the presence of alcohol in his body and his performance in the tests, police arrested him for minor in possession and minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in body.

    Little bird lost

    A man reported damage to a “bird lady” statue outside the Main Library at 2:39 p.m. on Feb 19.

    UAPD met with the man, who had already contacted the UA’s Facilities Management and showed them a missing bird from the statue. Photos of the damage were taken and a victim’s rights form was completed.

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