Police Beat

Police Beat

Joseph Altman Jr.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 29, 1996

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at East Fourth Street and North Park Avenue and found a man in the middle of the street suffering from a diabetic condition.

A security officer on the scene radioed police that there was a person in the middle of the street and the situation had escalated to a fight.

Officers responded with lights and sirens and found a man being restrained in the middle of the street next to a car with a shattered windshield. The man told police he needed sugar and police obtained some from a nearby store.

Witnesses told police the man was running in the street and hit the driver's side window of a university shuttle bus. The man then ran around the bus, pulled a woman off a bicycle and threw the bike to the ground, the witnesses said. Finally, the man jump ed onto the hood of a white Mercury Cougar, punching and kicking the windshield as he yelled at the driver. He was then tackled to the ground and restrained by two other men.

The man was transported to University Medical Center where he was treated for a diabetic imbalance. The man also broke one of his legs in two places, according to police reports.

According to police, the man was very apologetic and could not remember much of the incident. He said he would compensate everyone for the damages.

A UA student and football player was arrested Thursday night after he was stopped in his vehicle by police and allegedly lied about his identity.

Rashee Johnson, 21, of the 4600 block of East 29th Street, was arrested on charges of false reporting to law enforcement, failure to identify, no registration in possession and no proof of insurance.

An officer was under the east side of Arizona Stadium, 527 N. Warren Drive, when he observed a Nissan 300ZX enter the parking lot. The officer approached the vehicle and observed it did not have a rear license plate.

As the officer approached, the car backed out of the parking space and "took off," according to police reports. When the officer stopped the car, the driver, later identified as Johnson, told police he had no license or registration, and said his name was "Shawn Parnell."

When the officer asked for the driver's date of birth, the man closed his eyes and tilted his head back "like he was trying to remember it," police reports stated. After 10 seconds, the officer asked again, and the man said, "Damn," and, "Why do you need that?"

A check showed the car was registered to Rashee Johnson but the temporary tag in the windshield showed an expiration of March 1995. The officer also found numerous documents in the vehicle with Johnson's name. The man was then arrested and placed in the b ack of a patrol car.

Police reports show while the man was sitting in the car, the officer said, "Hey, Rashee." The man then turned and said, "Yeah?" The officer then asked, "So that's your name?" and Johnson reportedly said, "Yeah, so?"

Johnson was taken to the university police station. During a further search of the vehicle, two hand-rolled cigarettes were found, according to police reports. The officer also noted in his report that at the police station, Johnson's eyes fluttered rapid ly. This is a sign of marijuana use, according to the police report.

When the officer asked Johnson if he had been smoking marijuana, he answered, "Not since I came back to school." Johnson was then cited and released at the police station. The two cigarettes were sent to the Department of Public Safety laboratory for anal ysis.

University police found marijuana and what may be cocaine in the pockets of a UA student Thursday night after arresting him on an outstanding warrant.

Collin H. Flynn, 21, of the 1000 block of North Cherry Avenue, was charged with unlawful possession of a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of marijuana, as well as failure to appear on a minor in consumption of alcohol charge.

Police stopped Flynn at 11:40 p.m. for a moving violation and discovered there was a warrant for the driver's arrest. While officers were searching Flynn, a folded paper containing a white powder believed to be cocaine was found in his pocket.

Officers also found marijuana bud in a plastic bag in the vehicle.

Flynn was booked into Pima County Jail.

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

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