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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday December 10, 2002

Driving under the influence of alcohol

A Safford man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after police saw him swerving and speeding while his 6-year-old son was in the car, reports stated.

University officers were working with Safford police Dec. 3 on a DUI taskforce. A university officer saw a car driving 55 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone on Highway 191 near milepost 117, reports stated. Police followed the vehicle and pulled over the driver when they saw him swerve, almost striking the curb twice, reports stated.

The driver, 55, had bloodshot eyes and smelled like alcohol. He denied drinking alcohol and told officers that he was on his way to pick up his daughter, reports stated. He later admitted to police that he had been drinking earlier that day. When police asked him to exit the vehicle he began to walk into oncoming traffic. Officers stopped him and asked him to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

The man at first refused to take a Breathalyzer test, but did agree to some field sobriety tests, reports stated.

When police arrested the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the man's son began to cry, reports stated.

Police drove the son back to his mother's house and drove his father to the county jail where he was again asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test, reports stated.

The man refused to take the test but when police threatened to get a search warrant to test the man's blood for alcohol, the man agreed to take the Breathalyzer test, reports stated.

The man had a blood alcohol content of .193 percent, more than double the legal limit of .08 percent, reports stated. The man was released when his wife came to pick him up. Officers told him that he would receive a summons in the mail about further charges, reports stated.


Bicycle stolen near library

A student's new bike was stolen from a campus building on Dec. 3, reports stated. The student used a cable to lock his $178 bike to the racks near the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd. When the man returned approximately four hours later, his bike was gone.

He told police that he had purchased the bike a few hours before coming to the library. There are no suspects or witnesses.


Car vandalized outside dorm

A student's car was broken into while parked at a campus residence hall over Thanksgiving break, reports stated. The student parked his car outside Babcock Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd. When he returned a few days later his door lock and ignition were damaged.

Police believe that somebody damaged the vehicle while trying to steal it, reports stated. There are no suspects or witnesses and police were unable to get any fingerprints from the car, reports stated.


Parking citation appealed

A student told police Wednesday that he was not responsible for his car after the Parking and Transportation Services employees cited him for a parking violation, reports stated.

The student parked his car at the lot at 1141 N. Vine Ave. When he returned to the lot the next morning he saw that his vehicle had rolled out of the parking spot and into the middle of the parking lot, reports stated.

He told police that his door lock doesn't work and that somebody must have entered the Jeep, disengaged his parking break and put the car in neutral, reports stated. He believes that somebody was being mean or just playing a prank on him when they decided to push the car into the middle of the lot, reports stated.

No items were taken from the student's automobile.

The student asked that police document the incident so he could try to appeal the parking citation, reports stated. There are no suspects.


Stolen bicycle possibly sighted

A student believes he may have found his stolen bike while walking to class last week, reports stated.

The student told police that his bike was stolen when he left it unlocked for five minutes at the Corleone Apartments, 1330 N. Park Ave.

While walking near the Engineering building, 1127 E. North Campus Drive on Dec. 3, the student saw a bike that resembled the one that was stolen from him a few weeks earlier, reports stated. Police met with the student to discuss ownership. The student told police that he will call his father and get the serial number to determine if the bike was his, reports stated.

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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