Police Dispatch

Busing Under the Influence

East Colossal Cave Road and Interstate 10 Dec. 16, 4:25 p.m.

A school bus driver was arrested for drunken driving after acting strangely with students she was ferrying around, a report from the Pima County Sheriff's Department said.

A student who had been picked up at Cienega High School contacted authorities, saying he could smell alcohol on Patrice Long's breath. Long was subsequently told by her superiors to stop driving and wait for another bus to pick up her passengers. She did so, and then drove the vehicle back to the depot despite instructions not to, the report said. She left the depot before a deputy arrived.

A search of Long's bus turned up a Dasani water bottle, the remaining contents of which smelled like an alcoholic beverage, the report stated.

One student said Long slurred as she talked and asked the passengers if they knew what the real reason for impotence was. The student said he thought this was "extremely unusual and unprofessional."

Another student said Long drove up on the curb, asked him if he wanted a cigarette and "hopped from seat to seat when the vehicle was parked." A third passenger added that she drove a portion of the way with the bus door open.

Deputies eventually caught up with Long at a convenience store, where she was refueling her Hyundai Accent. They noted she had glassy, watery eyes and a white substance in the corners of her mouth. She claimed to have taken a "shot" of Nyquil at 1 p.m. that day, but denied drinking.

Long submitted to a breath test, which reportedly showed she had a blood alcohol content of 0.148--well above the legal limit of 0.08. She was arrested for driving under the influence.

Highways and Byways

East Tanque Verde and North Wentworth roads, Dec. 20, 10:47 a.m.

Golf course employees phoned deputies to report that someone was ripping up the fairways and greens with a go-cart, a PCSD report stated.

The employees at Forty-Niner Golf and Country Club, 12000 E. Tanque Verde Road, showed a deputy numerous areas where it appeared that a go-cart had skidded to a stop, damaging the turf. A sprinkler system in one area was also uprooted, the report said.

Witnesses directed a deputy to the house where the go-cart had parked. The deputy spoke to a boy at the home, who reportedly apologized for driving across the course on the way to a friend's house.

Golf course management said they wanted to prosecute, as juveniles driving go-carts on their property was a constant problem. The driver was charged with criminal trespassing and was released to his mother.

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