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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 25, 1999
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University police arrested a Tucson man Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after an officer saw him run a stop sign.

An officer spotted a blue 1978 Datsun go through a stop sign on North Cherry Avenue and East First Street at 1:44 a.m.

The Datsun then made an "abrupt stop" in the Cherry and East Second Street intersection.

The officer turned on his emergency lights, but the man's vehicle continued south on Cherry and then west on East University Boulevard. The driver then turned into the parking lot between the Psychology building and the Campus Health Services building on University.

Police spoke with Austin James Adolphson, 22, of the 2500 block of East Elm Street. Adolphson "dropped his license three times" before giving it to the officer, police reports stated.

Adolphson could not provide the officer with registration or insurance.

He admitted to driving intoxicated and said to the officer, "I could have killed someone," reports stated.

Adolphson said he had consumed "four beers." He was unable to recite the alphabet and could not stand up, reports stated.

He thanked the officer for stopping him and he was taken to UAPD where his blood alcohol content was tested at .243, reports stated.

Adolphson was cited and released to his father.

An employee called police Tuesday morning after he found a scratch on the side of his car, police reports stated.

The employee told police someone "keyed" his white van between 7:50 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., reports stated.

The scratch was above the fender on the right side of the van, and went from one end of the van to the other, reports stated.

The man believed the vandalism occurred in the parking lot of McDonald's on East Speedway Boulevard and North Warren Avenue, or in the parking lot of the UA Medical Bookstore, reports stated.

An employee called police Tuesday morning to report an "unwanted" person in a UA building, police reports stated.

The staff member told police a student walked into the Center for Computing and Information Technology building, 1130 N. Mountain Ave., at 11 a.m. and began to use a computer.

The employee told police the student had been banned from the lab after an "incident" that occurred two months ago, reports stated. Police reports did not include details of the alleged incident.

The employee said he asked the student to leave, and called UAPD after she refused.

When police arrived, the student was gone. The officer radioed a physical description of the student to other officers, but she was not located.

A student called police Tuesday afternoon after she saw a man "running away from a car" with a broken window and missing stereo, police reports stated.

The student told police she was walking to her car, parked in a lot on East Seventh Street and North Highland Avenue, at 3:25 p.m. when she heard a "loud thump then a car alarm going off," reports stated.

As she approached her car, the student said she saw the passenger side door of a green Pontiac Grand Prix wide open and heard the car's alarm, reports stated.

The student said she approached the Pontiac and saw a man run from the car, reports stated.

Police found the car door open, the passenger side window broken and the stereo gone, reports stated.

Officers were unable to obtain fingerprints from the car.

Police arrested a Tucson woman on suspicion of driving with a suspended driver's license Tuesday morning after an officer spotted her driving 55 mph in a 40 mph zone, police reports stated.

The officer spotted the woman driving a red Ford truck and violating the speed limit on North Euclid Avenue, reports stated. Police pulled over the truck's driver at East Grant Road and North Fourth Avenue at 12:53 a.m.

Estella C. Dunlap, 20, of the 200 block of East Alturas Street, told police she left her driver's license at home and did not have registration or insurance, reports stated.

The officer discovered Dunlap had a warrant from the Pima County Sheriff's Office for driving with a suspended license.

Police cited Dunlap and then turned her over to a PCSO deputy who served Dunlap her warrant.

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