By Kristen Pownall
Arizona Student Media
A UA student was arrested on charges of minor consumption of alcohol, unsafe backing out, expired out-of-state registration and failure to provide proof of insurance after he left the scene of an accident near East Drachman and Ring Road Saturday afternoon.
Jay D. Walters, 18, of Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, was arrested after a man told police Walters and he were involved in a car accident and Walters left the scene, saying he was going to get money to pay the man.
When police arrived, the man told police Walters backed his white Chevrolet Blazer into the man’s car. Walters asked the man if he would accept $300 for the damage and the man, visiting from Mexico, said he thought it was a good idea.
Several of Walters’ friends waited with the man for Walters to return from the bank, but he never came back, police said.. When questioned by police, Walters’ friends denied knowing who Walters was and refused to give police any personal information about him, police said.
The man waited with police about 20 more minutes for Walters to return. When he did not, the man gave police Walters’ license plate number. Police located the vehicle at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, 1509 E. Second Street.
The fraternity house was hosting a party at the time and police asked the band to announce the license plate number over the microphone, police said. Walters then approached police, telling them the car was his.
Police asked what happened and Walters admitted he backed into the man’s car. He told police he offered to give the man $150 for the damage. When asked why he chose not to return, Walters replied he “just didn’t want to deal with it,” police said. sm
Police detected the smell of alcohol on Walters breath and Walters told police he drank “half a beer” earlier that evening, police said.
Walters was then cited for minor consumption, unsafe backing, failure to provide proof of insurance and expired out-of-state registration. He was then released.
A UA student told police a person calling himself “The Pissed Pedestrian” put a U-Lock on his bicycle on Friday while it was locked to a rack on the west side of the Forbes building, 1140 E. South Campus Drive.
The student told police he locked up his grey Yukon mountain bicycle around 8:30 a.m., police said. When he returned that afternoon, a U-lock had been placed on the bicycle, along with a note saying the bike was stolen.
"this bike was stolen from me three years ago," the note read, “And if I can’t ride it, you can’t. If you are feeling angry and violated right now, you can a) stop stealing peoples’ shit or b) take that up with the person you bought the bike from. Signed, The Pissed Pedestrian,” the letter said.
The student was told to contact Parking and Transportation Services to remove the lock from his bicycle, police said.
No further information was available.
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