By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 14, 1998

Police Beat

A university police officer Sunday morning discovered that somebody had "egged" three patrol vehicles parked at police headquarters, 1200 E. Lowell Road.

The officer stepped out of his police cruiser at 4:15 a.m., noticed egg shells littering the ground and found that three patrol cars had been egged, police reports stated.

Police determined the egg raid must have occurred between a shift change at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday, reports stated.

An officer washed the cars and noted the eggs did not cause any permanent damage, reports stated.

A student called university police for help Thursday after his friend had a bad reaction from eating a brownie spiked with marijuana.

Police responded to the student's room at Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., about 7:30 p.m., police reports stated.

The student's friend, an 18-year-old California resident, told police he had eaten from a batch of brownies that he knew had been baked with marijuana, reports stated.

The man told police that he began experiencing sensations that were not like any of the other times he has used marijuana. He described the feeling as a "bad trip," but added that marijuana was the only illicit ingredient used in the brownies, reports stated.

The man was taken to University Medical Center after paramedics discovered that he had an abnormally high heart rate.

University police arrested a man on a weapons charge Friday after finding a semiautomatic pistol in his car during a traffic stop near East First Street and North Vine Avenue.

An officer driving west on First Street spotted a 1986 Toyota Celica driving in a reckless manner through a parking lot near the intersection, police reports stated.

The officer paced the vehicle's speed at 22 mph in the pedestrian-filled parking lot, then parked his patrol car at the lot's northwest exit and waited for the Toyota to stop, reports stated.

The driver, later identified as Michael D. Malinowski, 18, of the 2900 block of East Chula Vista Drive, saw the police car and said, "Oh, shit," before stopping his vehicle in a parking space, reports stated.

As the officer approached the car, he noticed a pistol laying on the dashboard about the same time Malinowski warned him he had a gun, reports stated.

Malinowski told the officer he did not know the University of Arizona is a weapons-free zone, and that the weapon remained unloaded while he drove, reports stated.

The officer confiscated the weapon, a 9 mm Ruger pistol, and 21 hollow-point cartridges to be stored as evidence.

Malinowski was cited on a charge of interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution and then released.

University police referred three students to the Dean of Students Diversion Program Friday after a resident assistant reported they had been smoking marijuana near La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland Ave.

The RA called police at 10:51 p.m. and told officers he walked by three women in the dorm's parking lot who appeared to be smoking marijuana.

Police arrived at the parking lot minutes later and found three women standing on the sidewalk who matched the description given by the RA, police reports stated.

The two officers walked over to the group and asked if they had been smoking marijuana, to which they all replied, "Yes," reports stated.

One of the woman told the officers that they did not have any more marijuana because they smoked the little bit they had, adding that they were "experimenting" and not frequent users, reports stated.

The officer explained that they would be referred to the diversion program instead of being arrested, then let them go, reports stated.

A University police K-9 unit assisted the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Trafficking Interdiction Squads Friday with a package search at a U.S. Postal Service Cherrybell Station, 1501 S. Cherrybell Avenue, that yielded $15,000 in suspected drug money.

"Darro," a UA police dog, sniffed out two packages a postal inspector suspected of containing contraband, police reports stated.

Police obtained a search warrant, then opened the two packages and found $8,000 and $7,000 in cash, reports stated.

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


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