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    Police Beat: Jan. 24

    Taillight tells all

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer pulled over a student on Friday at 9:45 p.m. for having a broken taillight. The officer pulled him over on Sixth Street and Park Avenue and asked for his driver’s license and registration. The student said he was not aware why he was pulled over. The officer responded, “Your rear taillight is broken.” Before the officer walked to his car to verify the student’s license, the student told him, “My license is suspended from a prior DUI.” The license suspension was confirmed and the student was placed under arrest and put in the back of a police car.

    Another officer arrived on scene and transported the student to Pima County Jail. He was booked for driving with a suspended license. The officer still on sight listed the vehicle for impoundment. The vehicle was towed. The student’s personal items, including his laptop and backpack, were taken into a warehouse for safekeeping by UAPD.

    You snooze, you lose

    The UA Main Library contacted UAPD on Thursday at 10:30 p.m. due to a student continuously falling asleep at a computer. The librarians had advised the student that sleeping in the library is not permitted, and that if he was going to fall asleep, they would contact the police. He told the librarian, “I was simply using the computer and dazed off.” Thirty minutes later the librarian noticed that the student was asleep again. She called UAPD and they arrived on the scene in minutes.

    The officers approached the student and began waking him up. Instantly the police noticed the heavy odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. The officer asked for his driver’s license and if he had been drinking earlier. The man said, “Nah I was just using the computer.” The officer noticed that he was not logged onto the computer. The officer then told the student that sleeping in the library is not allowed and that he would have to be escorted out of the building. The officer noticed the student slurring his speech and staggering, but it was not enough to charge him.

    As the student and officers exited the library, the officers advised the student not to return until the following day because his privileges of entry were banned for the night. UAPD officers watched the student walk to the bus stop and entered his information into their system for trespassing in the UA libraries under intoxication and sleeping.

    Coconino Residence Hall lights up

    UAPD was dispatched to Coconino Residence Hall on Friday at 8:10 p.m. to investigate possible possession of drugs and alcohol. The call was made by one of the hall’s resident assistants. The officer arrived on scene and told the RA to take him to the room that smelled like marijuana. The officer investigated around the area before entering the room and noticed faint smells of marijuana as well.

    A male student answered the door and the UAPD officer asked him if he could enter the room. The student replied, “Yeah, sure, what’s up?” The officer told the student that he had been called in because the student’s room had a heavy scent of marijuana coming from it. The officer searched the room, finding a bottle of vodka, small bags of marijuana and lighters.

    The officer asked the student if the weed and alcohol were his, and he answered yes. The student was then read his rights and placed under arrest for the possession of drugs, minor in possession of alcohol and the possession of drug paraphernalia. The student was then issued a citation.

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