By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 10, 1998

Police Beat

A student was arrested Friday night after he allegedly swung a tire iron at an UA Parking and Transportation official who had just immobilized his car outside McKale Center, 1721 E. Enke Drive.

The employee told university police he put a "booting" device on a 1979 Lincoln Continental about 1:30 p.m. when Adam K. Tinker, 23, of the 4000 block of East 25th Street, walked up and told him to remove it.

The employee told police that when he refused, Tinker went to the trunk of the car and pulled out a tire iron.

The employee told police Tinker began swinging the rod at him while again asking for the boot to be removed because he was "tired of parking tickets, UAPD, and you fucks," reports stated.

Police arrived at 1:45 p.m., arrested Tinker on an assault charge and released him at the scene.

University police arrested a student early Saturday on drunken driving charges after her car almost jumped a median at East Speedway Boulevard and North Cherry Avenue, police reports stated.

At 1:39 a.m., an officer was stopped northbound on Cherry Avenue when he saw an eastbound gold sedan nearly strike the median of Speedway Boulevard, police reports stated.

While speaking to the driver, Erika R. Bracamonte, 23, of the 6900 block of East Calle Cavalier, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol on her breath, reports stated.

Before taking a field sobriety test, Bracamonte asked the officer, "Is there any way I can get out of this?" reports stated.

An Intoxilyzer test taken at the scene by Tucson police yielded a blood alcohol level of .238 percent, reports stated.

Bracamonte was cited on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .10 percent.

Police called a cab to take Bracamonte home. Officers reported that she was laughing as she was driven away.

An 18-year-old student was referred to the Dean of Students' diversion program early Saturday after university police spotted her walking on North Vine Avenue with a can of beer in her hand.

An officer was driving south on Vine at 1:56 a.m. when he saw a woman stop near East First Street and turn around to hide the beer can she was holding, police reports stated.

When asked about the beer, the woman told the officer that she was used to New Orleans, where she could walk around in public with a beer.

The officer referred the student to the diversion program after discovering her age. She was released at the scene.

University police responded to East Broadway Boulevard and Pantano Road early Saturday for what turned out to be a bogus request for assistance over a UAPD radio frequency.

At 12:46 a.m. Saturday, a male caller said over the University of Arizona Police Department channel, "We have an emergency over here, please help," reports stated.

A UAPD dispatcher sent officers to the location after the person on the radio said, "Officer down at Broadway and Pantano."

The man told dispatchers he was with the FBI and that he had been shot in the chest.

Dispatchers then asked for an identification number, to which the caller said, "I don't have much strength left."

Officers arriving to the location of the reported shooting found no evidence of foul play. Dispatcher transmitted a warning over the channel advising of federal laws regarding police frequencies.

A Tucson man was warned for criminal trespassing Wednesday after he loaded a game into a computer in the Science Library, 744 N. Highland Ave.

Library employees told university police that the man removed active programs from a computer in the reference area at about 4:30 p.m., then installed a flight simulator game and started playing it.

The man told police that he installed the game, which damaged existing programs, because he did not have access to a computer at home and he really wanted to play the game, police reports stated.

The library workers told police that it would cost $120 to re-install the lost programs.

Police warned the 18-year-old man for criminal damage and trespassing, then released him.

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


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