Crime Prevention Tip of the Week: Scooters have become very popular and overall provide a beneficial service to UT staff, faculty and students. As usage increases, safe operation is vital for both the user and other members of the UT community. Following traffic regulations, staying off sidewalks, parking scooters near the bike racks, and operating at a safe speed all help ensure safety for all. If you ride a scooter, wearing a helmet is one of the most important choices you can make. We encourage anyone riding scooters to always ride with a helmet.
Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus criminal activity reported to or observed by The University of Texas At Austin Police Department Patrol Officers between Sunday 9/23/18 and Saturday 09/30/18.
09/23/2018, at 8:58 p.m., 2308 Whitis Ave (Union Building)
Public Intoxication; A UTPD officer observed a male subject slumped over and non-responsive near the Student Union Building. The officer called for EMS to assist with checking on the welfare of this person. After EMS determined the man did not require medical attention, the man was observed stumbling and falling as he left. He had an odor of alcohol on his person, but denied having any alcohol. The man also was unable to explain his current whereabouts or what time or day it was. Due to the man being intoxicated in public to the degree he was a danger to himself, the man was taken into custody for Public Intoxication. Custody was transferred to the Sobering Center, and no criminal charges were filed.
09/25/2018, at 10:22 p.m., 2304 Whitis Ave (Flawn Academic Center)
Criminal Trespass; Officers were dispatched to a man shouting and making a scene at the Flawn Academic Center. Upon identification, Officers determined the man had multiple criminal trespass warnings. This man was then arrested for Criminal Trespass. A search of his person found he had a credit card that did not belong to him. The man was given a new criminal trespass warning and transported to Travis County Jail.
09/29/2018, at 7:41 p.m., 2300 Robert Dedman Dr
Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled Substance; A UTPD officer was flagged down with a report that an intoxicated man exited an Uber and got into his personal vehicle to drive away. Officers observed his vehicle unsafely backing against traffic, and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he had two beers this evening; however he had a very strong odor of alcohol and his speech was very slurred. The man consented to the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and his performance was extremely poor. For example, on the 9 step walk and turn, the man took 16 steps. The man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, and a search of his person found liquid THC. At this time, the Uber Driver returned with the driver’s Yeti cup, which he had left in the Uber. The cup contained beer. The man was transported to Travis County Jail, with charges for Driving While Intoxicated and Possession of Controlled Substance (THC Oil).
*The University of Texas Police Department responded to 665 calls for service. 254 Alarm Activations, 32 Suspicious Activity Investigations, 99 Foot Patrols, 28 Traffic Violations, and 14 Welfare Concerns between Sunday 09/23/18 and Saturday 09/30/18.
This week's Campus Watch was prepared by: Officer Dustin Farahnak
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