Police Beat

By Joseph Barrios

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Two men were arrested Thursday night after police noticed a truck ignore a stop sign at the intersection of North Park Avenue and East Helen Street.

Stephan W. Haefele, 24, of the 2100 block of North Silverbell Road, was arrested because of a warrant for a probation violation. Peter Benyd, 24, of the 3300 block of East Seneca Boulevard, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Police followed the vehicle to an apartment complex east of Park Avenue, where police found the vehicle in "drive," turned off with the keys in the ignition. Police then confronted Haefele, who was standing at the corner of a building.

Haefele was arrested and taken to UAPD after a records check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation. Police inspected the vehicle and found items belonging to Benyd in the truck, including a plastic bag containing a "green, vegetable substance." Police eventually contacted Benyd's father after finding Benyd's possessions in the truck, some of which contained a name and home phone number.

Benyd turned himself in to police and admitted he had marijuana in the truck. He was cited and released.


A 20-year-old male was arrested and charged with minor in consumption of alcohol and criminal nuisance Thursday near the intersection of North Park Avenue and East Sixth Street when police noticed him urinating in public.

Jason L. Policastri, of the 1400 block of North Vine Avenue, was urinating when a police officer identified himself and shined a flashlight on the male. The man then ran west on Sixth Street then south on Park Avenue. Police found Policastri hiding behind a tree.

Policastri admitted he had been drinking but refused to say how he acquired the alcohol. He was cited and released.


Police are investigating a 1990 Grand Am which was illegally parked in the service lot north of the Student Union.

Parking and Transportation Services officials immobilized the car with a "boot" at the lot Thursday afternoon because it did not have an approved parking permit. Parking officials returned later to find the car gone and the boot on the ground.

Parking officials said the boot was undamaged and could have been removed if the hubcap of the car was damaged.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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