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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
October 22, 1999
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University police arrested a UA student yesterday morning on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol after he attempted to fight another man at a fraternity house, police reports stated.

An officer was at Delta Chi fraternity, 1701 E. First St., at about 3 a.m. investigating a car accident when he noticed Lionel Correia III, of the 800 block of East Wetmore Road, shouting and yelling in the courtyard of the house, reports stated.

The officer approached the courtyard and observed Correia being restrained by four or five men.

According to reports, the officer thought Correia, 19, appeared as if he wanted to fight someone.

As the officer approached the courtyard gate, the men released Correia and he started to walk toward the officer.

When he was about halfway to the officer, Correia turned and ran back to the door where the men had held him, reports stated.

According to reports, the officer witnessed Correia stumble at the door and try to throw a punch at one of the men.

When the rest of the men noticed the officer at the gate, they went inside the fraternity house, reports stated.

The officer spoke with the fraternity's president, who asked them to give Correia a ride home.

The president told police he and other fraternity members put Correia in a taxi earlier that night, but he wouldn't stay in the cab, reports stated.

The president also said Correia was very intoxicated, and the officer told him he would deal with the situation after he finished his accident investigation, reports stated.

When he concluded his other investigation, he again heard Correia yelling in the courtyard.

The officer approached him and asked for identification.

The officer noticed a heavy smell of alcohol coming from Correia, reports stated.

The officer also said Correia was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words heavily, reports stated.

According to reports, Correia told police he had already had a minor in consumption of alcohol citation, and he asked the officer not to give him another one.

The officer cited him on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol. He was booked into the Pima County Jail.

An officer found a rock of crack cocaine yesterday in the back seat of a police vehicle he was inspecting, reports stated.

The officer was cleaning the rear prisoner holding area at the UAPD station, 1200 E. Lowell St., when he noticed a white rock sitting on the rear passenger seat of the car, reports stated.

He thought it might be crack cocaine, so he conducted a field narcotics test on the rock, reports stated.

The officer's test confirmed that the substance was cocaine, and he notified his supervisor and entered the item into evidence.

Police arrested a man yesterday morning after he attempted to steal a bicycle near a UA residence hall, reports stated.

Richard Garcia, 30, of the 300 block of East 21st Street, was spotted near the bike racks at about 5 a.m. near Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St., by multiple witnesses who notified police that he was attempting to steal a bike.

According to reports, UAPD dispatch notified a responding police officer that the two men witnesses saw were running toward Arizona Stadium.

The officer ran after the suspects and heard what sounded like a bike falling to the ground.

The office reached the front of the residence hall and saw Garcia with a bike and a cut bike lock laying next to him, reports stated.

One officer asked Garcia to turn around and put his hands on his head, but he wouldn't comply so two officers used a wristlock to bring Garcia to the ground and handcuff him, reports stated.

The officers found a pair of bolt cutters in Garcia's coat, reports stated.

Garcia told the officers that he and another man that he could identify by first name only were trying to sell stolen bikes for food money, reports stated.

The officers asked for identification, but Garcia did not have any, reports stated.

After a background check on the verbal information Garcia gave, police found a warrant for a past possible bike theft, reports stated.

Police cited him on suspicion of failure to appear in court for a bicycle theft, third degree criminal trespassing, theft and criminal damage.

Garcia was booked into Pima County Jail.

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