Police Blotter: February 9 – 13, 2012

This report is based on the information published by the University Police Department. Individuals arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star
Feb. 21, 2012

Driver Under Investigation

On Feb. 9, a 22-year-old man from North Pole was found inside a vehicle in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland parking lot after a caller reported the driver for suspected drunk driving. Police arrested him for allegedly drinking and driving, then transported him to the Fairbanks Correctional Center. 

Multi-tasking never works out

Police stopped a Fairbanks man, 19, on the Thompson Drive and Geist Road intersection for a moving violation on Feb. 12. Police arrested him and transported him to the Fairbanks Correctional Center, where he was charged with the possession of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, underage drunk driving and underage drinking.

sNOw Machines

Someone reported snow machiners by Butrovich Hill on Feb. 12. An officer responded and found one sled stuck on Yukon Drive. After assisting the driver, he told both drivers that snow machines are prohibited on campus.

Hot… or Not

On Feb. 13, an officer found people with open flames in the Haida Lot by the Chapman Building. They had made torches, but agreed to stop when the officer approached them.

Advice for this week:

The sun is back to warm up Alaska, but this means one bad thing: break-up. As snow melts and cools, it turns into dangerous ice. Go even slower than the speed limit when turning or your vehicle might spin out. It is also hard to see with snow piles in the way, not to mention fog and falling snow, so be on the lookout for unexpected oncoming traffic and white or gray vehicles that blend in. Watch out at intersections where automobiles may accidentally slide. This is the time to be aware of cars running a red light. It is difficult to decide what to do when your vehicle is sliding. Also, be careful with pedestrians and trains. Remember that trains may not stop on time and walkers/bikers may fall at any time. Try to not drive too fast and begin stopping early, so that your vehicle does not slide. Drive carefully and expect the unexpected.

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