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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 16, 1998
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Police arrested a male student on suspicion of underage drinking and warned him not to trespass early Monday morning after they found him wandering around the abandoned Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house at 1510 N. Vine Ave., police reports stated.

University police were called to the fraternity after someone reported seeing movement and a beam of light coming from the second floor. When police arrived, they found the south building door propped open and officers then heard the sound of keys jingling from inside.

An officer entered the building, and spotted Christopher Charles McHugh, 19, of the 200 block of North Granada Avenue, standing on the staircase, reports stated.

Police handcuffed the suspect to the staircase railing and continued to search the building without finding anyone else. McHugh later told police he was alone, reports stated.

Police noticed that McHugh smelled of alcohol and asked him if he had been drinking - to which McHugh responded, "Yes," reports stated.

Officers then warned him about trespassing. McHugh told police his friends had said he could find items for his apartment in the abandoned building. McHugh had no items from the house in his possession when police found him in the building.

McHugh was cited on suspicion of underage drinking and released.

A Tucson man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on Saturday night after university police saw him make an alleged illegal turn onto East Sixth Street and then hit the curb while being pulled over, police reports stated.

Daniel A. Downing, 38, of the 7000 block of East Hawthorne was seen driving south on North Park Avenue going towards Sixth Street. When Downing reached the stop sign at the intersection of Sixth and Park, he turned left. In order to complete the turn, Downing had to swerve his car around the cement median, reports stated.

A university officer sitting in a Texaco parking lot saw Downing complete the turn. The officer followed him east on Sixth Street and turned on his police lights.

Downing failed to pull over, so the officer turned on his megaphone and released a few consecutive chirp sounds warning Downing to pull over. But Downing still did not pull over.

He finally did turn right on to Highland Avenue and then turned right again into the parking lot of Mansfield Middle School, at the intersection of Sixth Street and Highland Avenue. The officer saw Downing run over the curb as he was pulling into the parking lot, reports stated.

When the officer asked Downing to produce his driver's license, insurance and registration, Downing searched his glove compartment but pulled nothing out. He then reached under his seat.

The officer asked Downing to pull his hands out from under the seat three times before he complied. He then told Downing to get out of the car.

The officer noticed a strong scent of alcohol emanating from Downing's mouth and noticed he was swaying, reports stated.

When asked if he had been drinking, Downing replied "maybe," reports stated.

Downing was taken to the university police headquarters, where officers tested his blood alcohol level. The test showed it to be 0.232 both times he was tested. Downing was then cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and having a blood alcohol level higher than 0.10. Downing was released to his wife.

A resident assistant at Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., called university police Sunday evening because one resident reported seeing what he thought looked like cocaine in a spoon, police reports stated.

When university police searched the bathroom for the white powdery substance, they were unable to find anything matching the resident's description. Police then went to the room next door, which shares a bathroom with the resident who had complained. Both the residents answered the door and agreed to let police search their room. Police remembered both residents of the room because both had been referred to the Dean of Student's Diversion Program last month, reports stated.

Police found a 4-inch pipe, a 12-inch pipe, two beers, pipe plungers and rolling paper, reports stated.

Police asked the students where they had been getting their marijuana, and the students gave officers the name, phone number and address of their dealer, reports stated.

None of the students were cited in the incident.

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