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Police Beat

By Devin Simmons
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday April 24, 2003

A UA student, who claimed she was mentally disabled, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol at the intersection of North Cherry Avenue and East Second Street, Tuesday, reports stated.

The officer was driving westbound on East Sixth Street when he observed a dark colored car hit a curb and then quickly correct itself. The officer followed the car as it turned onto North Highland Avenue, traveling northbound at speeds of 35 mph in a 15 mph zone. The officer observed that the car was swaying back and forth on the roadway, reports stated.

The driver then turned east onto East Fourth Street, into the oncoming lane, and then turned north onto North Cherry Avenue. Police initiated a traffic stop at the Second Street intersection, reports stated.

The officer observed a strong scent of alcohol on the driver's breath and saw a bottle of rum resting on the passenger seat. The bottle was one-quarter full, reports stated.

The student told the officer she drank two beers before getting in her car.

As the officer went back to his cruiser to run a warrant check with the student's name, she attempted to hide the bottle of rum in the vehicle's backseat. But the officer retrieved the bottle when he returned to the car, reports stated.

At the officer's request, the student exited her vehicle to participate in field sobriety tests. The officer stopped the tests halfway through them because he feared for the

student's safety during the one leg stand exercise, reports stated.

"I couldn't do these even if I was sober," the student reportedly said.

According to reports, when the officer then read the student her rights and asked her if she understood, she said, "What if I was mentally retarded and don't?"

The student was arrested and taken to UAPD headquarters so police could conduct a breath test, reports stated.

When asked at the station if she would consent to a breath test, the student told the officer, "I don't understand, I am a retard," reports stated.

The student continued to talk during the required fingerprinting session.

"Oh, so I committed one of the worst crimes, so I can go out and rob someone and it won't matter," she reportedly said. "Now I can go rape someone under 18 and not get arrested."

The student also repeatedly asked the officer how much the fine for drunk driving would be because she wanted to pay it immediately, reports stated. The officer told her he didn't know.

"I don't care what it is, I'm guilty," she said. "I want to know how much it is so I can pay it."

The officer then told the student a judge would have to determine the fine, reports stated.

The student was cited and released. She walked home.


A radio was stolen from a UA employee's office in the Comstock House, 1451 N. Warren St., Tuesday, reports stated.

The employee told police he kept his radio, which he last saw Monday around noon, on the floor behind his desk.

The employee's office could only be entered through an assistant's office, which had been secured. No other items were missing from the office, reports stated.

A co-worker recalled hearing a loud bang and then seeing a young man wearing a white T-shirt and baggy shorts exit the building while she was working in the lobby, reports stated.

She thought it was odd, but she wasn't sure if it was connected to the theft, reports stated.

Employees told police various unidentified men had been seen walking around the building in the past.

Police do not have any suspects.


A UA student reported the theft of a side mirror from his 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, Tuesday, reports stated.

The student told police he parked his Tahoe on a ramp in the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke Road, between the second and third levels.

The passenger side mirror was missing from the body of the car. No other items were stolen or damaged, reports stated.

The theft occurred somewhere between 9:30 p.m. Monday and 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, reports stated.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.


A UA custodian called police Tuesday after finding a palm pilot in its carrying case, a Wells Fargo credit card and miscellaneous pictures and papers in a classroom, reports stated.

The items were found in the Space Sciences building, 1629 E. University Blvd.

Police were unable to contact the owner of the property, which is being held at the UAPD station, 1852 E. First St., for safekeeping.

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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