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Police Beat

By Aaron Mackey
Arizona Summer Wildcat
Wednesday July 16, 2003

A man shot at police near East Speedway Boulevard and North Campbell Avenue Sunday night after an officer tried to pull him over over twice, reports stated.

The driver of the newer-model, black Mitsubishi Eclipse pulled a handgun out of the vehicle with his left hand and fired one or two shots at the officer inside his car, reports stated.

The shots did not hit the officer or the vehicle, said UAPD Sgt. Eugene Mejia. No injuries were reported from any person in the area, he said.

The officer on scene attempted to pull the vehicle over after observing a traffic violation by the vehicle while it was traveling northbound on North Campbell Avenue, reports stated.

The officer identified the person inside the vehicle as a white man between 18 and 25 years old, reports stated.

After putting on his sirens, the officer estimated the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour, reports stated. The officer lost contact with the vehicle after it disappeared into a nearby neighborhood, reports stated.

Moments later, the officer saw the vehicle again and attempted to pull the vehicle over once more, reports stated.

At this time the driver opened fire on the officer.

The officer continued to follow the vehicle, which turned eastbound on East Grant Road and reached speeds of approximately 65 to 70 mph, but lost contact with the vehicle again, reports stated.

Mejia said the man's reckless driving is what allowed him to elude capture.

At this time police are investigating the incident to determine the location and owner of the vehicle, Mejia said.


A man and woman were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia Saturday after a records check revealed that each had a warrant, reports stated.

After pulling over the vehicle at East Speedway and North Park Avenue, officers spotted two black bags in the back seat, reports stated.

A search of the bags revealed a needle, a spoon with residue on it, a straw with residue in it and several small clear plastic bags, reports stated.

The couple was placed under arrest after the woman denied that the items were hers, reports stated.

While being searched, the woman told the officer that she had a "penny" in her bra, reports stated.

Both were transported and booked into the Pima County Jail.


A man was arrested on the 1900 block of East Sixth St. early Saturday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, after police found the license plate on his car was stolen, reports stated.

The man told police he stole the plate, reports stated.

"I stole it off the back of a car on Industrial Parkway two weeks ago," the man told police.

The man said he stole the plate after police had taken his original license plate, reports stated.

As they arrested the man, police found a small residue-stained glass pipe on him, reports stated.

Police transported the man to Pima County Jail, where he was booked on charges of theft, knowingly displaying a stolen license plate, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Police cited a man on charges of marijuana possession Saturday evening near the intersection of West 33rd St. and South Ninth Avenue after chasing the man's vehicle from the Cherry Avenue Parking Garage, reports stated.

A UAPD officer was patrolling the garage when he noticed a green Ford Explorer turn suddenly and exit the garage the wrong way out a one-way entrance, reports stated.

The officer lost track of the vehicle near the intersection of East Sixth St. and North Highland Avenue when the vehicle reached speeds of 50 mph, reports stated.

Officers then headed toward the residence listed on the vehicle's records in the 200 block of West 35th St. to attempt to find the vehicle, reports stated.

The vehicle was spotted about two blocks away from that address, and police stopped it, reports stated.

Upon approaching the vehicle, officers noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car. When they searched the vehicle with the owner's permission, police found "a green, leafy substance" in the center console, reports stated.

The man said the pot was his, reports stated.

Police then asked the man when he had last smoked marijuana, and he replied, "Right before you stopped me I was smoking a joint," reports stated.

The man did not appear impaired, so officer cited and released him at the scene.

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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