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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 3, 1999
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Two male students reportedly got into a fight Sunday night after they argued about the Super Bowl, police reports stated.

An officer went to the east side of Arizona-Sonora residence hall, 910 E. Fifth St., at 9:22 p.m. and spoke with one of the students involved.

The student told police he was walking to his dorm room at Graham-Greenlee, 610 N. Highland Ave., when he began arguing with another student about the game, reports stated.

The Graham-Greenlee resident admitted to police he hit the other student in the face. Police did not find any marks on the dorm resident's hands, reports stated.

The resident told the officer he was not "physically provoked," but at one point, the other student "had a beer bottle in his hand," reports stated.

Police took the student to UAPD headquarters and spoke with the other student involved.

The student was injured, but did not want to press charges, reports stated.

Police made no arrests.

Police officers arrested a Tucson man Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving after they saw him driving down the wrong side of the road.

Officers were on patrol at 2 a.m. near East Speedway Boulevard and North Campbell Avenue when they spotted a gray Toyota Cressida heading west on the eastbound side of Speedway, police reports stated.

Antonio A. Esparza, 41, drove his Toyota into the Taco Bell parking lot on the corner of Speedway and Campbell. As Esparza was pulling in, he hit a "handicapped parking only" sign and knocked it over, reports stated.

Police asked Esparza for his drivers license, registration and insurance. He gave the officer a tribal affiliation identification card and was unable to provide registration papers, reports stated.

Officers discovered Esparza's license was suspended in 1986 and his registration expired in 1995.

Esparza, of the 7400 block of South Camino Rahum, told police he consumed "about a 12-pack" of beer, reports stated.

In two breathalyzer tests, Esparza's blood alcohol level was .214 and .195.

Police cited him on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol level higher than .10, extreme DUI, failure to drive on the right side of the road, driving with a suspended license and having no registration, reports stated.

A student called university police Monday evening after a male student allegedly harassed her, police reports stated.

The woman told officers she was in a computer lab at 3 p.m. in the Engineering building, 1127 E. North Campus Drive, when she sat two seats from one of her former classmates.

The student told police the man had bumped her on the arm during class one day in October. She said he apologized and the woman believed it was an accident, reports stated.

The woman told police that the man asked her "why she was stalking him" while they were in the computer lab Monday, reports stated.

The female student told the man she did not know what he was talking about, reports stated. He replied that "it was no coincidence she was following him," reports stated.

The woman again told the man she did not know what he was talking about, to which he allegedly replied, "maybe I might do something worse," reports stated.

The woman told police she believed the man was referring to the time he bumped her in class. She also told officers she was scared of him, reports stated.

An employee called police Monday afternoon after he discovered an altered parking permit in a student's car, police reports stated.

Police went to the Parking and Transportation Services office, 888 N. Euclid Ave., at 3:24 p.m. and spoke with the employee.

The worker told police the student's car was booted because a serial number check revealed it belonged to someone else. Also, the employee noticed the expiration date was changed from August of 1998 to August 1999, reports stated.

The employee told police he wanted the permit back. The student had to pay for having the boot removed from the car, reports stated.

No charges were filed.

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

Liz Dailey can be reached at Liz.Dailey@wildcat.arizona.edu.