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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 21, 2000
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University police arrested a UA student Wednesday after the student's car caught on fire at the corner of East University Boulevard and North Euclid Avenue.

UAPD arrived at the vehicle fire at about 10:57 a.m., and an officer noticed a liquid burning beneath the vehicle, police reports stated.

The officer cleared the gathering crowd after noticing the entire engine compartment was ablaze and radioing the incident to dispatch.

The driver of the car, Dherar Al-Hussaini, 26, of the 2000 block of East Roger Road, flagged the officer down and said he borrowed the car from a friend to get to class, reports stated.

According to reports, Al-Hussaini told the officer the car "just died out" at the scene of the fire and he knew that the car had a gas leak.

Tucson Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze.

The car was not driveable because of extensive damage from the heat, reports stated.

Both Al-Hussaini and the officer tried to contact the vehicle's owner, but attempts were unsuccessful.

A tow truck was called to remove the vehicle from the intersection, reports stated.

The officer read Al-Hussaini his rights and asked him how long he knew the car was leaking gasoline, reports stated.

Al-Hussaini said it had been leaking for "about two weeks," but he didn't think the leak was major, reports stated.

The officer asked him if he knew the danger he presented by driving the car with a gas leak, and Al-Hussaini acknowledged the car was a risk to people's safety, reports stated.

The officer cited Al-Hussaini on suspicion of reckless driving for endangering the public and released him.

UAPD arrested two men Wednesday after observing them drinking in public on North Park Avenue and East Sixth Street.

The officer was performing a building check at the Environmental Natural Resources building, 520 N. Park Ave., a little after 9 p.m. when he noticed Larry Grey, 49, and Ernesto Espinoza, 61, both of a general delivery address, drinking beer at a bus stop, reports stated.

An officer watched Grey drink a can of Red Dog beer, then urinate near the bench at the bus stop, reports stated.

Espinoza was drinking a can from a plastic bag and threw the bag away when he was finished, reports stated.

The officer asked Grey if he had urinated near the bench and he said he had.

Both men admitted to drinking Red Dog beer, smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, reports stated.

Police cited both men on suspicion of drinking in public and they additionally cited Grey on suspicion of public nuisance for urinating at the bus stop.

A UA student called police Wednesday after someone stole items from him while he was at a campus-area bookstore, reports stated.

The man said he left his possessions on top of his backpack at about 6 p.m. Saturday while at the Arizona Bookstore, 815 N. Park, and when he returned at 8 p.m., his belongings were gone, reports stated.

He told police that he didn't see anyone suspicious near the site of the theft.

Stolen from the man were Visa credit cards, his Arizona driver license, $20 in cash and his CatCard.

Police went to the Memorial Student Union Wednesday after someone stole a backpack from a UA student, reports stated.

The man was napping in the television room of the union, 1303 E. University Blvd., between 9:05 and 9:15 a.m. when his bag was taken, reports stated.

A witness told him that a white male with dirty clothing who looked like he might be homeless took the bag from him as he slept, reports stated.

Along with the backpack valued at an estimated $100, the student's Arizona driver license, Canada driver license, U.S. passport, $10 U.S. dollars, $15 Canadian dollars, CatCard and eyeglasses were stolen, reports stated.

The man said he did not know the identity of the witness, reports stated.

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