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By David Halperin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 18, 2002

Minors in possession

Two students were diverted to the Dean of Students on Saturday, after police saw them drinking beer inside a campus fraternity house, reports stated.

Just past midnight, police went to Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1420 N. Vine Ave., to assist the Tucson Police Department with two students they believed to be drinking alcohol underage. TPD officers advised University of Arizona Police Department officers that they saw the two students in the southwest corner of the fraternity drinking beer.

An officer asked the students, both female, to step outside, which they did.

Police could smell an odor of intoxicants on their breath, and both girls had watery, bloodshot eyes, reports stated.

Police asked if they had been drinking and they said they had.

One of the students said, "I had two beers," and the other said, "I had one beer," reports stated.

Both students were diverted to the Dean of Students and released at the scene, reports stated.

Assault

A man reported someone in a car threw a McDonald's cup at him as he was jogging near campus Friday, reports stated.

At about 5:30 p.m., the man was jogging northbound on North Mountain Avenue at East Elm Street, when he saw a tan colored Cadillac approaching. The passenger of the car was leaning out of the window, holding a McDonald's cup in his hand. As the car came closer to the man, the passenger threw the cup at him, striking him in the upper thigh area of his right leg, causing a large welt.

The man said he saw the car approaching, and tried to run to his left to avoid being struck by the cup.

The man memorized the license plate of the car, and later told police he wanted to prosecute.

A check of the license plate provided a phone number, which police called.

An officer spoke with the owner of the car, who said her grandson had been driving the car. She handed the phone to her grandson and police began asking him about the car and his actions. He was very nervous about talking to police, but told them he was driving the car near North Mountain Avenue and East Elm Street when his friend threw the cup at the jogger, reports stated.

The grandson explained he was upset with his friend and "didn't know what he was going to do."

When his friend began laughing at the jogger the grandson stopped the car west of North Mountain Avenue and East Mabel Street and dropped him off.

When asked about the passenger, the grandson said he didn't know his whole name but that he is a fellow teammate on the Salpointe High School football team.

He said he would obtain the passenger's identification and notify police, reports stated.

Criminal damage

An employee flagged down police Sunday after someone kicked his side view mirror while the car was in motion, reports stated.

At about 5:40 p.m., the employee flagged down police and reported that he was traveling westbound on East Speedway Boulevard when a man stuck his foot out into the air and kicked the left side view mirror of the car, breaking the mirror.

The employee had been a passenger in the car. The driver described the man to officers and as he recalled the story, he pointed to a man standing on the northwest corner of East Speedway Boulevard and North Cherry Avenue and said, "That's him," reports stated.

Police spoke to the man and asked him what was going on. The man said, "I don't know why these people said I kicked their car because I did not," reports stated.

Police asked him how he walked westbound on Speedway and he replied, "I walked on the sidewalk the whole way from Blockbuster Video." The man had two Blockbuster videos with him, reports stated.

Police returned to the two men who said they were not sure now whether this was the same man who damaged the mirror.

The employee said he did not want to press charges because he was not sure if it was the right person.

The employee was not sure how much the mirror would be to fix, reports stated. The man was released 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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