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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
March 23, 2000
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University police arrested a student Tuesday after a campus security officer saw him with two friends and smelled the odor of marijuana, police reports stated.

The security officer said he saw Nicholas Flesuras, 18, of Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave., and the other two men at about 12:40 a.m. in the concourse of the Life Sciences South building, reports stated.

He told UAPD he saw one of the men light a cigarette, but then noticed the smell of marijuana.

An officer went to the scene and saw three men at the building.

The security officer radioed the UAPD officer and told him those were the three men from whose area he smelled the odor of marijuana, reports stated.

The officer stopped the men and asked who had been smoking marijuana.

All three men said they hadn't and the officer then asked if he could smell their hands to see if there was any odor of burnt marijuana, reports stated.

The officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana on Flesuras' hands and asked Flesuras to give him any marijuana he might possess.

Flesuras gave the officer a metal smoking device and a plastic bag containing 7.4 grams of a green leafy substance, reports stated.

The officer asked him if he had been in the Dean of Students Office Diversion Program and Flesuras said he had, for an alcohol violation in the fall 1999 semester, reports stated.

Flesuras was cited for suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and released at the scene.

Police arrested a man Sunday after performing a traffic stop because the man made a right turn and ignored a red light, reports stated.

An officer was headed north on North Campbell Avenue at about 1:56 a.m. when he saw Edgard Lopez, 24, of the 300 block of East Rodeo Drive, turn north onto Campbell Avenue without stopping for the red light.

The officer stopped Lopez at the intersection of Campbell and East Helen Street and approached him.

As soon as the officer contacted Lopez, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, reports stated.

The officer asked him to exit the car so he could perform field sobriety tests and Lopez agreed to do so, reports stated.

After completing three of the tests, the officer transported Lopez to UAPD Station, 1200 E. Lowell St., to administer breath tests, reports stated.

Lopez's blood-alcohol content read .133 and .132, above the .10 legal limit, reports stated.

Lopez was cited on suspicion of failure to acknowledge a red light, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol-blood-alcohol content above .10.

He was transported to his house and released.

A UA student contacted UAPD Tuesday after someone stole money from her room in a UA residence hall, reports stated.

The woman said she was not in her room at La Paz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St., for a few days and someone stole $20 in change and the cup the change was in between 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Monday, reports stated.

Her roommate was the last person to see the cup, at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The roommate also told her that she saw a male resident at La Paz carrying a cup that looked like the one that was stolen, reports stated.

Police are attempting to contact the man about the stolen change and cup, reports stated.

A UAPD officer arrested a woman Friday after the officer stopped her for speeding and found she had been drinking alcohol, reports stated.

The officer was patrolling East Broadway Boulevard at about 10:02 p.m. when he saw Vivian Arras, 46, of the 700 block of South Tucson Boulevard, traveling at a high rate of speed.

He used a radar gun to judge her speed and found she was traveling at 48 mph in a 30 mph zone, reports stated.

When he approached the woman, he smelled alcohol on her breath and asked her to perform field sobriety tests, reports stated.

She agreed to perform the tests, but after the first one, she refused to take the rest, reports stated.

The officer transported her to UAPD Station to give her breath tests.

Arras was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding and released to her son.

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

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