Police Beat (02/15/13)
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 22:02
OPD arrests male with marijuana in his vehicle
Sunday around 1 a.m., a 1999 Dodge Neon was driving westbound on Chestnut Avenue towards College Avenue. When the car approached the stop sign, an OPD officer noticed only one headlight was working. He pulled the vehicle over and approached the driver, who appeared nervous and agitated, according to OPD. As the male driver rolled down the window, the officer smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The male refused to look at the officer and continued to look straight ahead. The officer asked for identification and the man fidgeted through his pockets, according to OPD. The officer then asked if he even had a driver’s license, to which the male assured him he did, it was just in his wallet at home. He gave the officer his name and date of birth and the officer was able to identify the male as Alexander Heaslip, 22 years old of Oxford, according to OPD.
Another officer arrived on the scene and with the consent of Heaslip, searched his vehicle. Heaslip told the officers he had been with friends earlier and they had been smoking marijuana, which is why his clothes smelled that way. When asked if he himself had smoked, he told the officers, “I’m not going to lie, I took a hit,” according to OPD. There was also an alcoholic odor coming from Heaslip, according to OPD. He explained to officers he had a couple beers earlier, but that he is a lightweight. The officers issued a field sobriety test, which Heaslip failed. As he was being escorted to the OPD cruiser, he told officers, “I’m not a danger to be driving, I’m fine,” according to OPD. Back at OPD, Heaslip was searched and officers found a small bag containing 4/10 gram of marijuana, according to OPD. He agreed to a breathalyzer test and produced a BAC of .104, according to OPD. Heaslip was placed under administrative license suspension and that was when he became emotional saying he was concerned about his future with school and work, according to OPD. He was charged with operating a vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs, display of lighted lights, drug abuse and controlled substance possession. Heaslip was released to the custody of his mother.
Male enters OPD, thinks station is his dormitory
Thursday around 1 a.m., a male subject was attempting to enter through the west door of the Oxford Police Department, according to OPD. An officer was walking out the door when he spotted the male and asked where he was going. The male responded that he was at his dorm, Dorsey Hall, and was trying to get inside. The officer asked for identification from the unsteady male, according to OPD. With bloodshot eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, the male handed him a Pennsylvania driver’s license. The male was identified as Miami University first-year Bryan Watt, according to OPD. Watt dropped his Jimmy John’s onto the floor. He picked it back up and was asked by the officer if he had anything in his pockets, according to OPD. Watt, instead of answering yes or no, struggled to empty them out and once he had done so, the officer told him to put the objects back in his pockets. He told the officer he had only had seven to eight beers and was then taken into custody, according to OPD. Watt was arrested, cited and taken back to his residence hall.