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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 27, 2000
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University police arrested a man on Tuesday, after pulling him over for erratic driving, police reports stated.

The officer saw a man, later identified as Francisco Portugal, 20, of the 6900 block of South Missiondale Road, at about 3:15 a.m. driving southbound on North Euclid Avenue near East Sixth Street.

Portugal swerved his 1984 Buick Regal and almost hit the west curb of Euclid, reports stated.

The officer turned his overhead lights on and pulled Portugal over.

As the officer approached the Buick, Portugal and another man exited the car and walked toward the front end, reports stated.

The officer called for backup and proceeded to contact Portugal.

According to reports, the officer noticed a heavy smell of intoxicants from Portugal's breath when he said he stopped his car because its engine died.

The other man and another passenger, identified as Jesus Lopez-Lopez and Jose Perez, were questioned by another officer, reports stated.

The two were undocumented and had no identification, so the U.S. Border Patrol was called to take the men into custody, reports stated.

Various car stereos, speakers and power tools were found in Portugal's car. They were taken as evidence because Portugal said they were not his and he didn't know who owned the items, reports stated.

After transporting Portugal to the UAPD Station for a breath test, Portugal was cited on suspicion of minor operating a motor vehicle with alcohol in his body, no proof of insurance, no registration and false identification. He was released to a friend and his car was taken by Tucson Wrecker because it could not be locked properly.

A UA student called UAPD Tuesday after someone broke into her car, reports stated.

The woman said she left her 1991 Ford Probe parked in a lot at 1050 E. Ninth St. at about 1:30 p.m., and when she returned at 8:20 p.m., her driver's window had been broken and removed, reports stated.

According to reports, the student said her car stereo's faceplate was missing, but the stereo had only been pulled halfway out of the dashboard.

A book of checks, her wallet and a compact disc set valued at an estimated $25 were stolen from the car, reports stated.

The gear shift was also damaged and the interior of the Probe was strewn with papers and other items.

No fingerprints were found on the car.

A UAPD officer went to the UA Administration building after an employee called to report damage to a wall in one of the building's bathrooms, reports stated.

The employee said the damage was caused to the wall of the Administration building, 1401 E. University Blvd., sometime before 4:17 p.m.

The officer saw the phrases "What this building needs is my AK-47 + 2 ammo clips," "to be continued," and "2-13" with a circle drawn around it, reports stated.

The officer called UAPD dispatch to tell custodial workers to remove the damage.

A UA student contacted police Tuesday after his Honda Accord was dented by another vehicle and its driver left the scene, reports stated.

The student said a witness to the hit-and-run accident left a note on his 1995 Honda Accord identifying the license plate of the other car, reports stated.

When the UAPD officer contacted the witness, she said she saw a female attempt to back out of a parking space when her vehicle struck the student's Honda, at about 8 p.m. Monday, reports stated.

She said the driver then drove away without leaving a note or checking for damage, reports stated.

The driver's vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, was heading west on East Sixth Street.

The witness described the driver as a white female with curly hair, although the witness said she was unsure if she would recognize the driver again, reports stated.

A record check of the driver's license plate revealed that the officer had previous contact with the driver.

Attempts to contact the driver by UAPD were unsuccessful.

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