Police Beat

Police Beat

Zach Thomas
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 29, 1996

A female student called police Wednesday to report being hit in the right knee by a 1988 Hyundai hatchback as she was walking across East Lowell Street at North Fremont Avenue at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Police reports indicate the driver did not stop at the scene and officers noticed a large bruise below her right knee.

The victim provided police with the vehicle's license number, which computer checks showed belongs to a UA student. Police were unable to contact the suspect.

University police arrested a Tucson man and a 13-year-old juvenile on marijuana charges Thursday after the 1959 Chevrolet sedan the man was driving made an illegal left turn from North Park Avenue onto East Sixth Street.

Officers approached the vehicle at 1:10 a.m. and noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside.

The driver, Jason M. Tanzillo, 18, of the 900 block of North Sixth Avenue, passed field impairment tests but admitted smoking marijuana earlier that evening. He was cited for unlawful use of marijuana and released at the scene.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found a burnt marijuana cigarette on the floor beneath the right rear seat where the juvenile was sitting. Police reports indicate the juvenile's tongue had a yellowish hue and he had plant particles in his mouth.

He was cited for unlawful possession of marijuana and released to his mother.

University police arrested a Tucson man on DUI charges Thursday after the 1963 Chevrolet half-ton truck he was driving ran a stop sign at North Park Avenue and East Sixth Street.

After officers pulled the vehicle over, the driver, Brian Anderson, 31, of the 6700 block of East Calle Silvosa, opened the driver-side door and "almost fell out of the truck," police reports stated.

Anderson failed one field sobriety test and then reportedly became argumentative, refusing to complete any more tests.

Police reports indicate the male passenger in the truck said he and the driver had met at a strip club and Anderson was driving him home.

Later at police headquarters, Anderson refused to complete Intoxilyzer screenings, so officers obtained a search warrant for blood tests to determine his blood-alcohol level. He was transported to University Medical Center, where technicians took four vials of blood for screening.

Anderson was transported to Pima County Jail and booked on charges of aggravated DUI.

A resident of Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., called police Thursday after her Epson 486-DX laptop computer was stolen from a hall study room.

The victim reportedly left the computer in the study room at 4 a.m. and returned at 5:28 a.m. to find it missing. Police reports indicate she told officers the names of three students who were in the room when she left.

The three voluntarily permitted officers to search their rooms, but the computer was not located.

The victim said she is willing to prosecute for theft.

Two petty larcenies occurred at Hillenbrand Pool, 1827 E. Enke Drive, last week.

Between 6:15 and 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, someone snipped a Master padlock with bolt cutters and stole a student's wallet from a secured locker in the men's changing area.

The wallet contained credit and identification cards and $120 in cash.

In a separate incident, someone also cut a padlock with bolt cutters and stole a pair of Nike running shoes and a stick of deodorant from another locker in the men's changing area.

The stolen and damaged items are valued at $82.

Between 12:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, thieves took a student's Murray mountain bicycle from racks northwest of the Microbiology building, 1117 E. Lowell Road.

The bike, which was chained to a rack, is valued at $106.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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