Police Dispatch

Hitting the Wall

East River Road and North Dodge Boulevard, Dec. 19, 12:14 a.m.

A boy staying at a group home for juvenile delinquents attempted to escape from deputies who were going to arrest him, but instead ran head-first into a 7-foot brick wall, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.

The boy and a friend allegedly filled glass bottles with gasoline they had taken from a storage closet at the VisionQuest Group Home, 3571 E. River Road. A witness said they then placed gas-soaked rags into the bottles, lit them on fire and lobbed them against a wooden fence surrounding the perimeter of the establishment.

Deputies decided to book the boys at Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, allegedly causing one of them to flee. Two staff members restrained him, the report said, after he hit the wall.

The other boy "was no problem at all," a deputy noted.

Tip Your Officer

UA Area, Dec. 23, 1:15 a.m.

A man suspected of driving drunk held out a $20 bill when asked to furnish his driver's license, proof of insurance and registration, a University of Arizona Police Department report said.

Clinton Royal Beebe, 21, retracted the bill, and then handed the officer his driver's license, the report said.

The officer wrote that the suspect smelled of alcohol and was reluctant to make eye contact.

Beebe, who said he was driving a company car, failed sobriety tests that were administered on the scene. A breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .155, well above the legal limit of .08. Beebe reportedly admitted drinking four beers at a local bar before getting behind the wheel.

An officer arrested Beebe for driving under the influence.

The Mysterious Potato Bomb

West Overton Road and North La Cholla Boulevard, Dec. 17, 12:14 p.m.

A woman heard a loud noise while driving her son to karate class, and later discovered a potato lodged in her headlight, a PCSD report stated.

The woman said she was surrounded by two or three "SUV-type" vehicles when she heard the noise. She told a telephone operator that at first, she thought someone had blown a tire.

When she arrived at her destination, however, she found a potato had smashed a side headlight on her Ford Econoline van. The karate instructor told her he thought it was a "potato bomb."

Damages were estimated at $150. There were no suspects at the time of the report.

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