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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
October 25, 1999
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University police arrested a UA student Thursday morning after watching him hit a parked car while driving the wrong way in reverse on a one-way street, police reports stated.

Stephen Baker, 19, of the 1200 block of North Park Avenue, was driving his 1996 Ford Ranger pickup in reverse at about 1:50 a.m. near the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1701 E. First St., when he struck a parked car, reports stated.

An officer witnessed the incident and watched Baker make a U-turn in the road and drive into a parking lot east of Delta Chi, reports stated.

The officer approached Baker after noticing he didn't leave a note about the incident on the 1989 Honda hatchback he struck, reports stated.

The officer noticed the smell of alcohol on Baker's breath, and he called another officer to administer field sobriety tests, reports stated.

Police asked Baker why he was driving in reverse, and he said he didn't want to drive the wrong way on a one-way street, reports stated.

Police told Baker that it is illegal to drive forward or backward in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and Baker said he was in a hurry because he knew he shouldn't have been driving, reports stated.

According to reports, an officer asked him why he thought he shouldn't be driving, and Baker told him that he thought he had too much to drink and shouldn't have driven.

Baker told police he drank three or four beers, reports stated.

Police cited Baker on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident without leaving information and minor in possession of alcohol.

Police responded Thursday morning to a report of a stolen parking permit from a UA employee's car.

The car was parked at 425 N. Fremont Ave. between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when the permit, a hat and a pair of sunglasses were stolen, reports stated.

There was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle, and the employee didn't know of anyone who might have broken into his car.

A UA student called police Thursday after noticing his cellular phone had been stolen from a friend's car, reports stated.

The friend's Toyota pickup was parked in a lot at Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St., between 6 and 11 p.m. last Friday when the phone was stolen.

The student said the truck was secure when he left it, and when he came back, the rear window had been unlatched.

The student said he did not know who might have stolen the phone, reports stated.

A man called police Thursday after someone entered his U-Haul truck and stole a laptop computer, a cellular phone and a vinyl bag, reports stated.

The man parked his truck at the Student Recreation Center, 1400 E. Sixth St., at 5:15 p.m.

When he came back to his truck at 5:45 p.m., the laptop, cellular phone and bag were missing.

According to reports, the cab of the truck was unlocked.

The Hitachi laptop is valued at an estimated $4,400, the Nokia cellular phone is valued at an estimated $100, and the bag is valued at an estimated $75.

The man said he saw a woman washing a Student Recreation Center car and told police he would call the recreation center to contact her as a possible witness.

A UA student contacted police Thursday after her bag was stolen while she was in a class, reports stated.

The student was in class between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in the Harvill building, 1103 E. Second St., and her bag was hanging on the chair behind her when it was stolen, reports stated.

She told police she didn't see anyone take the bag.

Forty dollars in cash and two credit cards were in the bag when it was taken, reports stated.

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