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By Kristopher Califano

Arizona Daily Wildcat

University police spoke with a UA student at a residence hall Sunday night after she received harassing phone calls, reports stated.

The female student called police from her room at Apache-Santa Cruz after she received 55 calls. The first 35 calls consisted of continuous beeping noises which may have been from the caller pushing the telephone buttons after already dialing the resident's number.

The next 20 calls consisted of a male voice making barking noises into the telephone, reports stated.

Officers advised her to trace the calls so she could provide UAPD with more information. The resident told police that she did not want to press charges.

A Tucson woman was arrested Sunday morning at East Speedway Boulevard and North Mountain Avenue on charges relating to suspicion of speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana, reports stated.

Officers saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at Speedway Boulevard and North Wilson Avenue. The vehicle was traveling 54 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, reports stated.

Police stopped the vehicle for speeding at Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue.

Officers spoke with the driver, Tania Dutari, 28, of the 400 block of North Shawnee Avenue. Dutari told police "What can I say, I'm a speed demon."

Police noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Dutari's breath. She admitted to drinking a couple of beers, report stated.

Dutari agreed to participate and failed the field sobriety tests administered by police. While participating in the tests Dutari told police that she "could not do this if she was sober," and that "she was not a f--king ballerina," reports stated.

Officers searched Dutari's vehicle and found two clear, plastic baggies filled with a green, leafy substance. The bags had a combined 18.8 grams of a substance suspected to be marijuana, reports stated.

Dutari was transported to UAPD headquarters where she was administered a blood alcohol analysis test. Dutari had a blood alcohol content of 0.171.

She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.1, speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana, reports stated.

Police spoke with two UA employees Friday morning at East First Street and North Highland Avenue after an altercation broke out concerning a parking space, reports stated.

A UA Parking and Transportation employee coned off the south side of First Street to prevent vehicles from parking.

At 8:55 a.m. the Parking and Transportation employee told police that he saw a UA truck run over the traffic cones and park in the restricted space. The man driving the truck, a Residence Life employee, returned to the vehicle at 9 a.m. and noticed that the vehicle had been ticketed.

The Residence Life employee asked the Parking and Transportation employee why he had been ticketed. The Parking and Transportation employee then asked the Residence Life employee why he had run over the cones.

The Residence Life employee denied running over the cones and called the other employee a "liar," and a "fat boy." The Parking and Transportation employee responded by calling the other employee a "dickhead." The Residence Life employee then threatened to "kick his ass," reports stated.

Police told the Residence Life employee not to park in coned-off areas and to stay away from the other employee.

Police arrested a Flagstaff man Thursday evening at North Park Avenue and East South Campus Drive for skateboarding in a public street, reports stated.

Officers were monitoring traffic when they saw Warren Hendricks, 22, of the 3800 block of South Walapai Street, skateboarding in the street.

Police told Hendricks to get out of the street, but he refused. He continued to skateboard in the street.

After yelling at Hendricks to stop skateboarding several times, officers caught up with Hendricks and detained him.

Hendricks was argumentative and asked officers, "Isn't this a waste of your time?"

He was arrested for suspicion of obstructing a highway or a public thoroughfare and released at the scene, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.