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    Police Beat: September 24

    Look into my eyes

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to a motor scooter accident at 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 17 at Second Street and Mountain Avenue. When the officer arrived, the Tucson Fire Department was already there, treating the driver in a room on the fourth floor of the Harvill building.

    Although the driver did not suffer any serious injuries, TFD was concerned about the strong smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath.

    According to TFD, the driver had called for medics at 1:27 p.m., and they arrived at 1:50 p.m. The officer noticed that the student had road rash on his chest, stomach and the palms of his hands. He also smelled the alcoholic odor from the student’s breath.

    The student claimed that he had been partying the previous night, but went to bed around midnight. He said that at about 1 p.m. he was riding his motor scooter southbound on Mountain Avenue. When he turned right onto Second Street, he swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian and the front tire of his scooter got caught on the streetcar tracks, throwing the man face-first onto the pavement. He hit his head, but he was wearing a helmet.

    His scooter had several scratches on the front and rear as well as on the chin bar, but the student mentioned he had been in accidents before, so he couldn’t distinguish if his most recent accident or his previous ones had caused the scratches. A second officer arrived at the scene and conducted a field sobriety test.

    However, because there were no witnesses and the student had hit his head, the original officer didn’t pursue a DUI, but told him to not drive his scooter for a while.

    Out for the count

    A UAPD officer responded to an extremely intoxicated UA student on the eighth floor of Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall at 12:49 a.m. on Sept. 15.

    When the officer arrived at the scene, another officer was standing outside the room with the hall’s residence assistant.

    The RA opened the door after knocking and receiving no response, and the officer saw a man laying in bed. The RA told the officers that she had seen the resident being carried into the residence hall and then dropped off in his room by a man she recognized, but that the man ran off when she attempted to speak with him. She said that the resident who was dropped off was in bad condition, which is why she was concerned when there was no response at the door.

    TFD and UA Student Emergency Medical Services then arrived. The resident didn’t respond when his name was called, but eventually woke up after a few sternum rubs. The resident could barely speak and state his name. His eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol.

    TFD took him downstairs to wait for an ambulance to transport him to UAMC. While waiting, the resident vomited in a planter in the courtyard outside the dorm. He was unresponsive and unable to answer any questions.

    Facebook never lies

    A UAPD officer responded to Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall after a suspicious person was reported at 2:53 a.m. on Sept. 15. As soon as the officer arrived, he noticed a person matching the description
    leaving the dorm. A second officer approached the man and asked him to stop. The man wouldn’t listen, so he was placed on the ground and handcuffed. The non-UA affiliated suspect identified himself with an Arizona ID.

    One of the UAPD officers spoke with a resident of the dorm who said she saw the man walking around on the seventh floor, looking into and entering many rooms.

    She said that she followed him into a room on the sixth floor to ask him who he was and why he was in the room. She found him holding a laptop with a pink case. She asked to see the laptop and when she opened it, a woman’s Facebook popped up and she realized the laptop didn’t belong to him. After she opened the laptop, the man left the room and headed toward the exit of the building. The resident followed him out of the dorm.

    It was confirmed that the laptop belonged to a female resident who wasn’t in the dorm at the time of the incident. She said she had left her laptop in her room, but didn’t know the man. The female resident’s statement was given to UAPD along with the statement of the resident
    who had followed the man.

    The suspect claimed that he had entered the hall by following a student with a CatCard, but that he hadn’t committed any crimes. He said that he didn’t enter any rooms and left once he realized he was
    in Arizona-Sonora, not Coronado Residence Hall.

    He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary and taken to Pima County Jail.

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