Police Blotter (Oct. 15-22)

Monica Ruiz

All information is taken directly from the police reports provided by FAU PD. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

No name games part 1

Oct. 15, 2011 — 12:14 a.m.

Location: Innovation Village Apartments (IVA south)

A drunk FAU student caused a disturbance in the lobby of IVA. After a resident coordinator told the student he was calling police, the student took off running.

A female officer who spotted the student yelled “Stop,” but he continued to stagger by, slurring, “I don’t have to.”

The officer grabbed the student’s arm, but he snatched it away from her. The officer used an “arm bar take down,” a police defensive tactic, to force the student to sit on a curb.

The drunk student refused to give his name, ID or social security number to the officer.

He was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

The officer got his name from his driver’s license. He was transported to Palm Beach County jail.

Lesson learned: Based on FAU crime statistics, only two students were arrested for liquor law violations last year, but 274 weren’t . The likelihood of him ending up in handcuffs was slim to none. If he complied with the officer instead of being difficult, he probably wouldn’t have spent the night behind bars.

Tailgating troubles

Oct. 15, 2011 –1:41 p.m.

Location: stadium

An FAU student brought a golf cart to tailgate at the football game.

The golf cart was designed to hold two passengers, but instead, four other passengers squeezed into it. Everyone was drinking — including the driver.

The driver was eventually stopped by police, and told she would be referred to the dean’s office for carelessly driving a golf cart that wasn’t allowed at tailgates.

After the game, the student told police her golf cart was missing, and she would file a stolen report at the police department.

Lesson learned: Using a golf cart to go from party to party sounds like a good idea. But if you’re the only person using one, you’re probably going to cause some attention to yourself — especially if you’re driving drunk. You would be less noticeable if you used your feet.

No name games part 2

Oct. 15, 2011 — 12:28 a.m.

Location: Innovation Village Apartments (IVA south)

Two drunk students caused a disturbance in the IVA lobby. After a resident assistant (RA) asked for their names, one of the students pushed her.

According to the report, the student was uncooperative, and didn’t want to give his name. The RA stood in front of a door, and told him she was calling police. The drunk student then pushed her aside, and walked inside his room.

When police arrived, the student was being rude and disrespectful to the officer. He was notified that he could face battery charges for pushing the RA. Luckily for him, the RA didn’t want to press charges.

He was given a student referral.

Lesson learned: This drunk person could have a battery charge on his record if the RA wanted to. Any time this student would apply for a job he would have to list this incident. If he would have complied the first time, he could have saved himself from getting into trouble.

Don’t want to go home

Oct. 15, 2011 — 5:10p.m.

Location: Stadium

A drunken student caught police’s eye when he had trouble walking and getting through the crowd.

An officer realized the student was banned from the game earlier that day.

The student was immediately handcuffed and taken to the police department for paperwork, then transferred to Palm Beach County jail.

The student was banned from the stadium for the duration of the 2011 football season. He was also given a student referral.

Lesson learned: If you just got in trouble with police at the football game, why would you stay? If the student left the stadium as he was initially told to, he wouldn’t have found himself behind bars.

Burnt bacon?

Oct. 17, 2011 — 7:02p.m.

Location: University Village Apartments

Resident students set off a fire alarm by smoking pot, but lied to police and said it was set off from cooking bacon.

The officer knew the students were lying because the meat was uncooked on the pan, and the alarm was set off from the bedroom — not the kitchen

The officer called for backup and followed the smell of marijuana upstairs. A plastic bag with a small amount of marijuana was found on the floor.

The student who’s room the pot was found in received a student referral.

Lesson learned: If you’re going to lie about smoking pot, make sure it’s believable. You can’t lie and say you were cooking something when the food is not even cooked yet.

High speed drunk chase

Oct 19, 2011 — 12:29 a.m.

Location: Glades Park Tower (GPT)

After an RA asked to see two visitor’s Owl Cards, they got in her face refusing to show identification. They both took off after they saw her call police.

When police got to GPT, the officer noticed a black Mazda “traveling at high and unsafe speeds.”

The Mazda almost hit a light pole and several parked cars.

The officer was traveling by foot  when he saw the car. He yelled “stop,” but the car continued to speed off to the exit.

They were finally stopped by another officer in an unmarked car.

The unmarked car officer asked the driver for his license, and noticed the driver seemed to be heavily intoxicated. The driver said he wasn’t drunk, but did have two beers earlier.

The officer asked the driver to perform a field sobriety test–which he failed.

The first task, walk and turn, the driver couldn’t keep his balance, then for the heal to toe, again, he lost his balance.

The second task, one leg stand: “and after counting from 1001-1003 he was not able to hold his left leg 6 inches off the ground. I gave him an opportunity to use his right leg with the same result.”

The final task, finger to nose, he was unable to follow the directions and didn’t touch his nose with the tip of his finer.

The student was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving. The passenger was driven home by another officer.

Lesson learned: The driver obviously thought he was James Bond and could get away with a high speed chase. Nope, not gonna happen. First mistake, he almost hit a light pole. Just that alone would stop his car, which could have possibly ended in a fatal accident. Driving drunk is a serious risk — just don’t do it.

Anger management

Oct. 19, 2011 — 2:18 p.m.

Location: Culture and Society Building

A angry student pulled the fire alarm because her teacher kicked her out of class for playing games on her phone.

When police arrived, the entire building was evacuated. A student told the officer she noticed a black female exit the building just before the alarm when off.

After that, a black female came up to the officer, and told him she had something to say.

He took her back to the station where she confessed to pulling the alarm.

She was given a student referral.

Lesson learned: Just because you’re upset doesn’t mean you should act out in anger. Because she falsely pulled the fire alarm, the Boca Raton Fire Department, the FAU PD and the Environmental Health and Safety Staff had to come to the scene.

Tokin’ troubles

Oct. 19, 2011 — 9:52 p.m.

Location: Heritage Park Tower (HPT)

Police received an anonymous call for burning marijuana at HPT.

When they arrived, they pinpointed where the smell was coming from. Police knocked on the door and the student agreed to let the police search their room, but first confessed.

The student admitted to having pipes and pot, and pointed to a zip lock bag next to his bed.

In the bag was about two grams of marijuana, two glass pipes and a bottle containing 15 Adderall pills.

The student was placed under arrest.

Lesson learned: First off, most of the times another resident or a roommate will make an anonymous call to the police is because they don’t like their roommates smoking. Secondly, smoking pot in the dorms is never a good idea. It has a distinct smell that makes it easy to pinpoint the room its coming from. If you don’t want to get caught, don’t smoke in the resident halls.

Bad break up

Oct. 22, 2011 — 10:26 p.m.

Location: 20th St., next to the Engineering Building

A student tried to break up with his PBSC girlfriend when she struck him.

The boyfriend told police that when he tried to break up with his girlfriend of two years, she pushed him.

When police spoke to the girlfriend she said she didn’t push him, but slapped him instead.

According to the report, the only reason she slapped him was because he told her he wanted to sleep with other woman.

The girlfriend was arrested for simple battery/dating violence.

At the station the ex-boyfriend refused to write a statement changing his mind, and didn’t want his ex to get arrested.

The ex-girlfriend was still taken to Palm Beach County Jail.

Lesson learned: Breakups are never easy. Honesty is good, but to tell your girlfriend of two years you want to sleep with other girls probably isn’t the best way to go about it. A simple, “it’s not you, it’s me” would have sufficed.