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02/03: Police Beat

By Robert Humphreys
On February 2, 2005

Thursday, January 20
12:13 P.M.
Police received a call from Neeraja Rangisetty, who reported a Dell laptop stolen. Rangisetty told police that she secured the computer in her office, 119B in Patterson Hall, when she left the night before. When she returned the next day the laptop wasn't there. The losses totaled $3,366, according to a police report.

Saturday, January 22
11:46 P.M.
Police began pursuit of a 1992 Toyota Corolla after it swerved into oncoming traffic almost striking an officer's patrol car, according to police. Walter Seaton, the driver, initially refused to stop and continued driving north on Zach Curlin. The officer on the scene, after finally stopping the car, noticed Seaton had bloodshot eyes, smelled of an intoxicant, soiled his jeans and vomited on himself. The police report said Seaton needed support to stand up, so the officer was unable to do a field sobriety test. Officers called the Whiskey Unit to perform tests. They found Seaton's blood alcohol level to be .138. He was taken to 201 Poplar where he was charged, and his car was towed to the city lot, according to police.

Monday, January 24
Christopher Wieland reported to police that a coat valued at $120 was stolen from him. Weiland told police the theft occurred while he was in an Egyptian history class. When he moved to the desk in the back of the room he forgot to take his coat with him. At the end of class, Wieland said, he went to retrieve the coat, but it was gone.

Monday, January 24
3:00 P.M.
Police responded to a vandalism call in the west parking lot of Richardson Towers. Aleshia Worthy told police she noticed a scratch over 3 feet long on the passenger side of her car. She told police she thought her car might have been keyed.

Tuesday, January 25
8:28 A.M.
Police received a theft from building call from Patti Simpson. She told police someone entered her office, Room 316 in the psychology building, and stole her wallet from her purse. Simpson told police her credit cards had been used. The total loss to Simpson at the time of the report was $77.

Wednesday, January 26
10:25 P.M.
Samantha Owen reported to police that her car had been vandalized while she was at work. She told police someone had pried on her driver's side door handle, and there were scratches and other marks on the door. The estimated damage to Owen's pink Toyota Corolla was $700.

Thursday, January 27
3:20 P.M.
Policed responded to a burglary of motor vehicle call at 620 Echles. Vanessa Fargo told police she found her passenger window broken and a brick in the seat when she returned to her car after working out. According to police, Fargo's purse was missing from the car. The estimated loss, including the purse and the window, was $240.

Thursday, January 27
6:25 P.M.
Edmund Haley III told police he and a friend had to cut a basketball game short in the student recreation center because of an emergency illness. When he went to collect his belongings, they were not there. He said he left a pair of pants and a cell phone in the men's locker room, but did not secure the lock. Haley's total loss was $350.

Friday, January 28
9:05 P.M.
Police responded to a theft from building at 620 Echles. Joshua Walls told police his wallet was stolen from an unlocked locker in the men's locker room. After officers could not locate the wallet, Walls cancelled his debit/credit card.

Friday, January 28
5:27 P.M.
Police received a call that a black canvas bag had been stolen from the music building. Carina Washington said she left the bag, which cost approximately $100, outside of an office. When she returned for the bag 40 minutes later it wasn't there.

Friday, January 28
3:17 A.M.
A University police officer began pursuit on a white Ford Explorer heading east on Southern after seeing the vehicle nearly hit a Memphis Police Department unit. The driver, Daniel De Armas, did not immediately stop the vehicle. When he finally stopped at Southern and Buck he was arrested. His charges include reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign and violation of the open container law. De Armas was taken to 201 Poplar.

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