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By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
August 26, 1999

University police arrested three men Monday night on suspicion of alcohol-related violations and later discovered one of the suspects had a previous felony warrant, police reports stated.

An officer noticed a red Honda Accord traveling west on East Speedway Boulevard at North Cherry Avenue closely following another vehicle, although other traffic lanes were open, reports stated.

Police stopped the Accord and spoke with the driver, Matthew Stetson, 19, of Tempe.

Stetson showed the officer an expired New York driver license. The officer could smell alcohol on his breath and asked Stetson if he had been drinking, reports stated.

Stetson said he had two beers about a half an hour earlier. A records check showed Stetson's Arizona driver license was suspended, reports stated.

Police arrested Stetson after conducting a field sobriety test, and he was transported to UAPD.

A passenger in the car, Adan Lopez-Zuniga, 20, of Tacna, was arrested on suspicion of minor in consumption, reports stated.

Police spoke with Dominic Leyba, 24, of Phoenix, who was also in Stetson's car.

Leyba did not have any identification and gave police a false name of Dominic Vallajos, reports stated.

According to reports, the officer noticed an empty 12-pack of beer and several cans in the back seat of the car.

Leyba said he bought the beer for Stetson and Lopez-Zuniga, and he knew they were underage, reports stated. He was arrested on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors and booked into Pima County Jail under the name of Vallajos.

Officers searched the car and discovered a pipe with suspected marijuana residue, reports stated.

A corrections officer later informed police that Leyba had an Arizona identification card that showed his true identity. A background check on Leyba showed he had a felony warrant from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Department for a probation violation on an original charge of two counts of manslaughter, reports stated.

Leyba admitted to police that the pipe was his and that he gave false information to police to conceal that he was a fugitive, reports stated. He was then arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to police and probation violation, reports stated.

Leyba was held on a $25,546 bond.

A man reported damage to his car Tuesday morning.

The man said he parked his 1987 Cadillac on Monday night in a parking lot near East Mabel Street and North Warren Avenue, reports stated.

The man said he returned to his car early Tuesday morning and discovered the Cadillac crest emblems were missing from the vehicle's adjustable vinyl top, rear driver-side and passenger-side windows, reports stated.

The car's top was damaged where the emblems were removed, reports stated.

There was no other evidence of theft.

A woman contacted police Monday afternoon to report a minor car collision.

The woman said a 1996 Dodge Ram backed into her 1999 Toyota Camry at the Main Gate garage, 815 E. Second St., reports stated.

The driver of the other vehicle said he could not see the Camry when he backed out and he admitted to hitting the woman's car, reports stated.

The front bumper of the Camry sustained holes and scratches from the collision, reports stated.

Police went to a UA building Monday morning after a fire sprinkler burst.

At about 9 a.m., a fire sprinkler head burst in the main reception area of Campus Health Services, 1541 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

The reception area of the building, along with adjacent examination rooms, were flooded with about one to two inches of water, reports stated.

Tucson Fire Department assisted with clean-up.

A government vehicle was damaged Monday night after a chain-linked fence fell on it.

The Chevrolet pick-up truck was parked on the eastside of the Psychology building, 1503 E. University Blvd.

A storm caused the chain-linked fence to fall on the car, causing scratches on the hood of the vehicle, reports stated.

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

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