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Police Beat

By Arek Sarkissian II
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday April 1, 2003

A car flipped over on North Park Avenue yesterday afternoon, drawing dozens of onlookers, while the Tucson Police and Fire departments worked to clear the scene.

The passenger in one of the two vehicles involved said the car he was in, a beige Toyota 4-Runner, was traveling eastbound on East Helen Street, when it hit a red Ford Escort traveling southbound on North Park Avenue.

The passenger said the Escort then spun around and flipped over onto the sidewalk on the west side of the street.

The driver of the Escort was able to get out through the window, and did not appear to have serious injuries.

Two Tucson teens were arrested Sunday after UAPD officers found alcoholic beverages in their car, reports stated.

Two officers pulled over a 1994 blue Saturn coupe at North Park Avenue and East Seventh Street to complete a routine traffic stop, when they noticed the 19-year-old driver's breath smelled like alcohol. The driver told officers he had one beer at home, reports stated.

While one officer performed a records check on the driver, another spotted cans of beer partially hidden under a white jacket on the passenger seat, reports stated.

When the driver was asked whether there was beer in the car, he said, "I'm not going to lie to you, there is." He was then asked to get out of the car, reports stated.

When police asked the 18-year-old passenger if there was anything in the car that she wasn't supposed to have, she said no. The officer then asked the passenger to hand the beer over, reports stated.

Police searched the car further and found two empty beer bottles and an empty wine cooler bottle.

Officers threw out four unopened beers and cited the driver for being underage and in possession of alcohol. They charged the passenger for having alcohol in her system, reports stated.

After parking the car, police told the teens they had to find another ride. The teens said they were going to walk to a friend's nearby house.

A man called police Sunday after someone stole a cell phone, CD player, CDs and a CD case from his car parked on campus, reports stated.

The man told police he parked his car Saturday in a Zone 1 lot at 1060 N. Cherry Ave., around 3:30 p.m. When he returned Sunday at 1 p.m., he saw that the left rear window had been shattered with a rock he found inside the car, reports stated.

No pry marks were found on any of the windows or the dashboard; the wires that connected the CD player weren't cut, reports stated.

The owner told police he would press charges if police find a suspect.

There are no suspects at this time.

UAPD officers assisted the Tucson Police Department Saturday morning, following a hit-and-run incident involving a dog on East Speedway Boulevard and Vine Avenue, reports stated.

UAPD arrived at the scene, where several witnesses said a dog was struck and killed by a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban, reports stated.

The truck did not stop, but witnesses gave police the license plate number, which allowed officers to identify the vehicle's owner, reports stated.

TPD put out an "attempt to locate" call on the truck and called Pima County Animal Control to remove the dog, reports stated.

No further information was available on the suspect vehicle or its owner.

A student called police to report damages to her sport utility vehicle Saturday, reports stated.

The student told police she parked her 1999 red Jeep Cherokee in a lot at 1448 E First St., around 8 p.m., Friday. By the time she returned at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, the back window had been shattered, reports stated.

The student told police nothing appeared missing or stolen from the vehicle.

No other vehicles in the area had any similar damage. The student said she didn't know anyone who could have damaged her vehicle, reports stated.

Police have no suspects.

Up to $300 worth of snacks were stolen from a vending machine in the Integrated Learning Center courtyard, 1510 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

Officers noticed the window on the machine had been smashed, and many of the snacks inside were gone, reports stated.

Police called the owners of the machine, who estimated that between $200 and $300 worth of food was stolen, reports stated.

Custodial services were called to clean up the broken glass.

Police have no suspects.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resumÄ can be found at www.uapd.arizona.edu.

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