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The Daily Wildcat

The Daily Wildcat


Police Beat: April 2, 2015

Only a five

An unnamed man exited his vehicle at Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue to report having being run off the road by a potential drunk driver to a University of Arizona Police Department officer on March 15 at approximately 3:48 a.m. 

The man was not injured or involved in a collision and told the officer the description of the vehicle, a pickup truck, and the direction it was heading. 

The officer caught up with the suspected truck driving eastbound on Speedway Boulevard. The vehicle hit the center median before turning into the left lane on Tucson Boulevard. The officer stopped the vehicle after it drove across other lanes. 

The driver was a non-UA affiliated man and had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his mouth, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. The driver agreed to take sobriety tests.

The man was swaying and losing his balance while trying to complete the tests, and the officer asked him to stop for his safety after he almost fell down. He was read his Miranda rights and admitted to consuming beer before driving. He said he was at a five on a scale of one to 10 in feeling impaired. 

He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and transported to the UA police station for further testing. He was also cited for failure to drive within his lane.

Homesick for jail

Two UAPD officers were parked in Arizona Stadium when they heard what sounded like an item falling onto metal on March 17 at approximately 4:20 a.m. 

They walked over to where the noise originated from and saw a plastic garbage can on the ground. They also heard what sounded like people running. The officers saw two men at different places in the stadium.

Each officer made contact with one of the men. One was detained and read his Miranda rights. He said he understood them but wanted his attorney.

The man was wearing shorts with a large tear in the right leg. He admitted to climbing over a locked metal gate with a “no trespassing” sign, and said that was how he ripped his shorts.

The man did not say who threw the trash can, and then said, “It’s spring break and I couldn’t go home.” He said that he and the other student wanted to see the stadium, so they went in. 

Both students were placed under arrest on charges of third degree criminal trespassing and booked into jail. They were also referred to the Dean of Students Office for a student code of conduct violation.

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