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Police Beat

By Ty Young
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday September 23, 2003

A student was cited with a minor in possession charge after a police officer found him passed out on a park bench Saturday, reports stated.

The office saw the student lying unconscious on a bench on the northeast corner of East First Street and North Highland Avenue at 12:33 a.m. When he woke the man up, he leaned over to vomit, reports stated.

The student declined medical attention, and said, "I just had too much to drink." The student said he was at a date dash earlier in the evening and that his friend had left without him, reports stated.

When the officer asked for his identification, the student said "I don't have it on me, but I'm 21 years old." He then told the officer his birth date, reports stated.

The officer ran his name through the police database and found that the student was 20 years old and that the date the student had given was incorrect. When questioned again by the officer, the student said, "Sorry, I didn't want to go back to jail," reports stated.

The student told the officer that he was arrested along with 103 other people last year on minor in possession charges, reports stated.

The officer asked for the student's driver's license and the student gave it to him. The officer asked him how much he had to drink and the student said, "I'm not sure, but it was a lot," reports stated.

A student reported that an unknown male beat him after he teased the man for not wearing a shirt Saturday, reports stated.

The student was sitting in front of the Arizona Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., at 2:53 a.m. A shirtless man confronted him after the student made fun of the fact that the man was not wearing a shirt, reports stated.

When the shirtless man started "mouthing off" to the student, the student offered to shake his hand saying that he didn't want any trouble. The shirtless man shook the student's hand and told him to leave the area, reports stated.

When the student refused to leave, the shirtless man punched him in the face, threw him to the ground and started kicking him. The student also said there were two other males who started kicking him while he was on the ground, reports stated.

A witness in the residence hall said she saw the fight and that the student and the man were the only two there, reports stated.

When the student returned to Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St, he hit a glass door and shattered it. The Coronado Residence Hall Director said he would not press charges, but that the cost of repair to the door will be added to the student's bursar's account, reports stated.

Police detained and released a man at the Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall bike rack after he was seen standing over a bike at 4:45 a.m. holding a backpack that contained bolt cutters, a saw and pliers Friday, reports stated.

An officer searched the man's backpack and found three pairs of wrenches, three pairs of pliers, a 12-inch saw and bolt cutters. The officer could not find any evidence that the man had stolen a bike, so he released him with a trespassing warning, reports stated.

While the officer was questioning the man, he noticed that he was acting nervous. When asked why he was at the rack, the man changed his story three times, reports stated.

The officer also noticed track marks on the man's arms. The man admitted to using methamphetamines, reports stated.

The man said "some guy" gave the backpack to him and that he did not want it. The bag was placed into evidence, reports stated.

UAPD spokesman Sgt. Eugene Mejia later said the man, despite carrying items that can be used to break bike locks, had not committed a crime and therefore was released.

A woman was arrested after police found 12 burnt marijuana cigarettes and a bag of marijuana in her vehicle on Friday, reports stated.

The woman was driving her 1993 Chevy Blazer down East Speedway Boulevard when an officer noticed that her license plate had expired. After stopping the woman, he could smell burnt marijuana coming from the car, reports stated.

When the officer asked if there was anything in the car that he should know about, the woman said, "Not to my knowledge." Two more officers arrived and asked the woman and her three passengers to exit the car, reports stated.

The woman allowed the officers to search the car, and they found a bag of marijuana in the center console and 12 partially smoked joints in the open ashtray in the front seat, reports stated.

The woman was cited with a possession of marijuana charge and for having an expired license plate. The officer removed the plate, the marijuana cigarettes and the bag of marijuana and placed them into evidence. The car was towed back to the woman's home, 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

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