Police Beat: Berry pickers, car scratches, and a news van
Green leafy substance found in car
On Sunday Aug. 14 at approximately 1:58 a.m., a UPD officer pulled over a driver on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. After running the driver’s license, the officer discovered that the identification didn’t belong to the driver and was then confiscated. The officer conducted a search in the car and found two grinders as well as a pill bottle with a green leafy substance. After waiting for someone to pick up the driver’s vehicle, the officer escorted the subject to the Lee County jail for a DUI at 2:43 a.m.
On Saturday Aug. 13, a UPD officer responded to a call regarding three individuals in a car near the radio tower on campus. After running all three driver’s licenses, the individuals stated that they were picking berries. They were advised that they cannot do so on campus.
Male arrested on South Bridge Loop
On Saturday Aug. 13, a UPD officer pulled over a vehicle containing a driver and two passengers at 7:26 p.m. After running their driver’s licenses, it was revealed that the driver was not a student, but both passengers were. The officer transported one male subject to UPD at 7:46 p.m., then arrested the subject and transported him to Lee County Jail at 8:21 p.m. Traces of marijuana were found in the vehicle.
Mysterious car scratch
On Saturday Aug. 13 at 6:18 p.m. in West Lake Village a complainant called UPD stating that someone had hit her car earlier that day while she was not in the vehicle. What she thought was a scratch was actually just how her car was made.
Suspicious incident in SoVi
On Saturday Aug. 13 at 2:39 a.m. near Osprey Hall in South Village UPD officers on foot patrol came across five subjects, two were smoking and two were holding open containers of alcohol. Before the UPD officers arrived three males started to run and dropped the cans in the bushes. Only one of the subjects was an FGCU student and the rest attend FSW. Those who attend FSW stated that they were helping a friend move in and admitted to having an open container of alcohol. An officer also found a cigarillo with a leafy green substance that tested positive for marijuana. The subject didn’t have identification on them but were identified by name and date of birth. All subjects came back clear, except for one who was wanted in Collier County on three warrants. The suspect was arrested and transported to Lee County Jail for possession of marijuana and warrants.
Suicidal person in North Lake
On Thursday Aug. 11 at 9:29 p.m., a Resident Assistant of North Lake called UPD stating that a subject was suicidal and had left the building with a knife in hand after handing his keys to his girlfriend stating that he wouldn’t need them anymore. At 9:30 p.m., the subject returned to the building without the knife. No other known weapons were in his possession at the time. The subject was transported to UPD at 9:56 p.m. and was then transported to SalusCare, a mental heath facility, at 10:31 p.m.
News van parked in reserved spot
On Friday Aug. 5 at 1:48 p.m., a complainant called UPD stating that Fox News parked a van in his reserved spot in Lot 1. Parking Services was contacted, but did not have anyone available to assist. At 1:56 p.m., Fox News went to UPD and were advised that their van needed to be moved.