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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
November 4, 1999
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University police arrested a man Monday on suspicion of several charges, and arrested him again on Tuesday for suspicion of harassment, police reports stated.

The first arrest, Monday morning at about 4:40 a.m., occurred after police pulled the man over for driving with just his parking lights on.

According to reports, Damon Miller, 43, of the 800 block of East Elm Street, was driving his Jeep Grand Cherokee north on North Park Avenue. He was about to turn west on Elm when the officer turned on his lights.

The officer followed him until Miller stopped at a residence on Elm.

The officer exited his car and approached Miller, who said he was going to go inside his house, reports stated.

According to reports, the officer asked to see Miller's identification, and Miller tried to walk past the officer, reports stated.

The officer grabbed Miller's arm, turned it behind his back and asked him to step back to his car, reports stated.

Miller began to resist, so the officer tried to handcuff him, reports stated.

After a few minutes of struggle, the officer was laying on top of Miller, who was on the ground on his stomach, reports stated.

The officer held him there until another officer arrived, reports stated.

After the back-up officer arrived, Miller bit the first officer's hand, reports stated.

The officer told Miller to stop biting him, and Miller said, "That didn't even break the skin," reports stated.

The officers managed to handcuff Miller, but when the first officer stood up, Miller kicked him in the leg, reports stated.

After police detained Miller, a man came out of the residence, reports stated.

As he approached the man, the officer noticed a possible smoking device through the residence window, reports stated.

The man from the house said it was Miller's device, and he had smoked out of it earlier, reports stated.

Although Miller did not consent, a search warrant was issued because the item was in plain sight, reports stated.

After a search of the house revealed a plastic baggie with a green, leafy substance and two smoking devices, police transported Miller to the UAPD station, reports stated.

Police transported him to a nearby hospital for urinalysis after a breath test came back inconclusive, reports stated.

Police cited Miller for suspicion of resisting arrest, aggravated assault of a police officer, unlawful possession of marijuana, narcotics paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to produce his driver license, reports stated.

He was booked into Pima County Jail.

That same night at around 7:45 p.m., Miller began calling UAPD dispatch to complain about the two officers who arrested him, reports stated.

Miller said the officers had acted "unprofessionally" and had damaged his car that morning, reports stated.

The officer taking the calls told Miller he could fill out a citizen's complaint against the officers, but Miller still threatened the officers with a suit, reports stated.

Miller called UAPD again a few minutes later, and the officer told him he would come to his residence.

Police went to Miller's house at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and knocked on the door.

Miller came outside and the officer noticed a heavy smell of alcohol on his breath, reports stated.

The officer told Miller he was under arrest for harassment, and two other officers on the scene helped detain him, reports stated.

Police contacted the Pima County Attorney's Office to discuss the case and possibility of filing felony charges against Miller.

The attorney agreed to press felony charges, and police cited Miller on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer, harassment and resisting arrest, reports stated.

Miller was transported to Pima County Jail again and booked.

Police sent three UA students to the Dean of Students Diversion Program Tuesday afternoon after discovering possible marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia in their residence hall room, reports stated.

Brendan Routh, 18, Daniel Garcia, 20, and Benjamin Neill, 18, were in their room at Palm Shadows Apartments, 1816 E. Helen St., about 4:30 p.m. when police arrived.

Police responded to an anonymous report of possible marijuana smoke coming from their room.

When police entered the room, one officer noticed a paper plate with a small amount of a green, leafy substance sitting on the table adjacent to the kitchen, reports stated.

None of the three men said he knew where it came from, reports stated.

After all the men consented to a search of the room, police found a toilet paper roll with fabric softeners stuffed inside, a plastic water bottle with a hollow pen shell poked though it, and a glass smoking device, reports stated.

All the items had possible marijuana smoke residue in them, reports stated.

The items were secured as evidence and the three men were diverted to the program released without further incident.

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