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    Police Beat: January 11

    Only a leg to stand on

    A non-University of Arizona affiliated man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol content of .155 near Campbell Avenue at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 7.

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer saw a blue pickup swerving in between the center and curb lanes, at varying speeds. The officer activated his emergency lights at Speedway Boulevard, and continued northbound for three more streets, stopping at Drachman Street.

    When a conversation was initiated, the driver seemed disoriented, spoke slowly and smelled strongly of alcohol.

    According to the police report, the suspect “had a flushed face, watery bloodshot eyes and stared at the officer in a confused manner.”

    A Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) was then conducted, when the officer witnessed a noticeable sway in the man’s stance. He was asked a series of preliminary questions and was then told to take a “walk and turn” test which showed six of eight cues for impairment.

    He then performed a one-leg stand test, but continued to hold his arms at a 45 degree angle, despite being told several times to keep them at his sides.

    Following this, the suspect was read his Miranda rights. He then told the officer he’d had a glass of wine around 9 p.m. The officer asked on a scale of one to 10 how the man felt while driving, with one being no effect and 10 being “falling down drunk.”

    “Not gonna lie, I felt a three,” the man said.

    A wants and warrants check revealed a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested for his warrant and driving under the influence.

    The car was towed and the man was booked into Pima County Jail.

    “Good Samaritan” not so good after all

    A non-UA affiliated man was arrested on charges of theft and fraudulent use of a credit card at the Circle K on Speedway Boulevard at 5:50 p.m. on Jan. 5.

    UAPD responded after a reference of suspicious activity by a white man, wearing a black jacket and grey sweatshirt, carrying a bag possessing multiple items and credit cards.

    When the officer made contact with the suspect he asked to speak with him and to empty his pockets. The man replied “yes,” taking out a pack of cigarettes and a black wallet. The wallet contained several credit cards issued to various cardholders. He was then read his Miranda rights and went through further questioning.

    The man said he first noticed the wallet containing the credit cards in his jacket near Fourth Avenue and Toole Avenue. Being a “Good Samaritan,” he took the found cards and wallet to prevent theft through contacting the owners. He then rode a gold 10-speed bike, which he said was his, to Circle K to purchase a drink.

    The suspect was then asked about an earlier incident where he was seen attempting to open car doors. He said he didn’t recall those events since the day prior he’d taken six Xanax. Later in the conversation, the man said the found cards were from those cars, but that he only took items from the unlocked vehicles.

    In addition to the wallet and credit cards in his bag, a make-up bag and camera were found which he said he took from unlocked vehicles.

    The officer found the man had an outstanding warrant. He was placed under arrest and was taken to Pima County Jail.

    During this time, UAPD was notified the bike had been stolen on Jan. 4 and the other items were placed into property and evidence.

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