By Keith J. Allen
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 16, 1997

Police Beat

A Tucson man was arrested on an aggravated assault charge and four other charges after university police stopped him Saturday near North Euclid Avenue and East Drachman Street.

Police were driving north bound on Euclid Avenue approaching East Speedway Boulevard when they saw a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass go straight through the intersection in the right turn only lane and almost hit a truck. Police stopped the car at about 1:05 a.m.

While speaking with the driver, Erich G. Winkelman, 20, of the 400 block of East Prince Road, police smelled the strong odor of an intoxicating substance on his breath, police reports stated.

As Winkelman exited the car to perform field sobriety tests, he used the car's door and trunk for support, police reports stated. Reports stated he told police he drank "one or two beers."

Winkelman was arrested on a charge of minor operating a motor vehicle with liquor in the body.

During a search of Winkelman's vehicle, police found an Arizona identification card with Winkelman's name, not the name he had first identified himself with. After a records check, police found Winkelman had his license suspended for DUI in December 1996, police reports stated. Winkelman was also cited on charges of aggravated DUI and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

Police took Winkelman to Tucson General Hospital to draw blood to determine Winkelman's blood alcohol content. After the blood was drawn, Winkelman asked where police were taking him, and they said Pima County Jail. As police walked Winkelman out of the hospital, Winkelman said, "Fuck you cock sucker, I ain't goin' to jail," police reports stated.

Winkelman then kicked a police officer and resisted police control, police reports stated. Reports stated that Winkelman was trying to pull away from the officer and "head-butted" the officer in the throat.

Police reports stated that Winkelman again kicked the officer, and both fell to the ground. While on the ground, Winkelman kept kicking the officer and yelling obscenities, reports stated.

A doctor helped the officer gain control of Winkelman's feet. Police reports stated both men tried to carry Winkelman to a police patrol car, but he kept kicking and fighting.

After police back-up units arrived at the hospital, Winkelman's feet were tied together with "flex cuffs," and he was placed inside the patrol car.

Police also cited Winkelman on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Winkelman was booked into Pima County Jail.

Two 13-year-old males were arrested on charges of minor in possession of alcohol and one 13-year-old male was arrested on three charges Friday near the intersection of North Euclid Avenue and East Florita Street.

University police were stopped at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East Sixth Street about 10:46 p.m. when they saw a pickup truck driving west on Sixth Street at a "high rate" of speed and turn south onto Euclid Avenue. Police reports stated the truck "fishtailed" as it made the turn.

Police stopped the truck at Euclid Avenue and Florita Street, and while speaking with the driver, they smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

Police asked the driver, a 13-year-old, if they could search the truck.

While searching the truck, police found a 13-year-old male unconscious in the truck's rear seat. The male later regained consciousness after the Tucson Fire Department responded.

The 13-year-old in the rear seat told police he had "drank too much," police reports stated.

Police also found a "marijuana pipe" under the seat where the driver had been sitting. The 13-year-old driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also found six bottles of beer in the truck's cab, police reports stated. All three 13-year-olds were cited on charges of minor in possession of alcohol.

The three boys were taken to the Pima County Juvenile Correctional Facility. While at the facility, the driver was found to have a baggie of a green leafy substance and a baggie of a white powdery substance in his genital area during a strip search, police reports stated. The driver was also cited on a charge of possession of a dangerous drug.

All three boys were booked into the correctional facility.

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

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