Police Beat (12/12/25-12/19/15)
12/12/2015, 11:28 a.m.
A complainant called UPD to report seeing a rattlesnake on the sidewalk along the east side of the South Bridge Loop. When officers arrived, the snake was gone.
12/12/2015, 11:59 p.m.
UPD searched a vehicle on FGCU Lake Parkway East and found that the backseat passenger had a small bag of marijuana hidden in a Christmas tin inside a backpack. The driver claimed ownership of the items and was issued an NTA for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
12/13/2015, 12:23 a.m.
UPD searched a car on FGCU Lake Parkway East, and the backseat passenger had a small bag of marijuana in his pants. The same individual claimed ownership of a metal water bottle with three sets of raw rolling papers, two grinders, a pipe and two grams of marijuana that was found in the car. The male subject was then transported to Lee County Jail.
12/13/2015, 3:53 a.m.
UPD made contact with approximately 12 drag racers on Airport Haul Road. One of the drivers admitted he was drag racing and apologized. The officer advised them not to be using the haul road for that, and all vehicles left the area. The Innovation Hub security guard told the officer that the vehicles had been racing on and off since 10 p.m.
12/13/2015, 9:48 p.m.
A complainant called to report possible gunshots coming from the area in front of Pompano Building in West Lake Village. Officer Kittleson canvassed the area and found no evidence of a shooting. The officer spoke with the complainant who then informed him that the sound could have been as far as a mile away.
12/14/2015, 10:27 p.m.
A resident assistant reported someone in the back of a truck with a megaphone being loud in South Village Lot A. Officer Palmer spoke with the subject and found that there wasn’t a megaphone but loud external speakers. The subject then agreed to turn down the speakers.
12/15/2015, 11:10 p.m.
A complainant called UPD to report the smell of something burning on the second floor of Marieb Hall. A UPD officer, the San Carlos fire department and the Physical Plant all got to the scene. At the end, Officer Davidson reported finding burnt popcorn in a microwave. A USSI worker had burnt it.
12/17/2015, 12:27 a.m.
UPD stopped a vehicle on the South Bridge and found that the driver had a suspended license and was operating without valid license. A male passenger, who was a minor, and a female passenger, who gave a false ID, both had been trespassing on campus. The driver was issued three citations and taken into custody, so the vehicle was towed. Lee County Sheriff’s Office scanned the female passenger and confirmed two warrants, so she was taken into custody as well. UPD conducted a vehicle inventory and found a pill bottle, but no one claimed responsibility for it.
12/18/2015, 1:02 a.m.
UPD stopped a car on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway for failing to maintain lane. The vehicle then failed to slow down or move over for safety. The officer requested backup and completed a field sobriety test on the driver and reported the female subject was very combative. The car was towed, and the subject was brought into UPD. Later, LCSO took custody of the subject for being combative. The breathalyzer test put the subject’s BAC between a 1.56 and 1.58, so a DUI was issued.
12/19/2015, 6:30 P.M.
A complainant stated that a large animal, possibly a panther or another type of large cat, was seen in the wooded area across from the Cohen Center. UPD was unable to find any animals at the time.