Police Beat (10/01/13)
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 17:10
Classic case of phone charger mistaken for ID
At 2:38 a.m. Saturday, two OPD officers were sitting in a marked cruiser when they observed a red Chevy truck turn and accelerate the wrong way down the one-way University Avenue, OPD said.
The officers pulled out, activated their lights and tailed the truck for one block. A northbound vehicle swerved to avoid the oncoming truck. The officers activated the siren and executed a stop at University Avenue and Church Street.
As the officer approached the driver’s side window, the driver was fidgeting with his wallet, according to OPD. First-year Austin Tyler Schwallie looked at the officer through bloodshot eyes, his blank stare aimlessly hovering near the officer’s belt.
When asked for his license and insurance information, Schwallie dug among the junk menagerie in his glove box and removed a cell phone charger, which he handed to the officer. The officer told him to keep the charger and try again. According to OPD, Schwallie then turned to the wallet he had been holding the entire time and handed the officer his Miami ID.
The officer again asked for a driver’s license. An overachieving Schwallie then produced not one but two Ohio driver’s licenses and handed one to the officer.When asked if the license, which made him 23 years old, was false, Schwallie looked bewildered and silently handed the officer the other license, which correctly identified him as 19 years of age, OPD said.
After telling the officers he had left a frat party and was heading for “Stagger Inn,” Schwallie was asked how much he had had to drink. “Nothing,” Schwallie responded, according to OPD. The officer informed Schwallie his observations told him otherwise and asked to get out of the vehicle.
According to OPD, Schwallie then put his foot on the gas and grabbed the stick shift in an attempt to put the car in drive. The officer lunged into the vehicle and grabbed the shifter, while the other officer sprung into the passenger side and removed Schwallie’s hands from the wheel. Schwallie was immediately taken into custody.
Diligent Police Beat readers will remember Schwallie from last March, when he was arrested for allegedly drinking from an open container in the passenger seat of a vehicle directly in front of a marked cruiser at McDonald’s.
Schwallie was cited for OVI, failure to comply, prohibitions and underage offenses. He was taken to Butler County Jail.
“Bloody” girl found near St. Mary Church
At 1:11 a.m. Saturday, an OPD officer was in a marked cruiser near the alley adjacent to the Pi Delta Theta fraternity house when he said he saw a soiled female seated against the wall of St. Mary Church.
First-year Carly Ann Brown looked up at the officer, who was taken aback. Brown’s face, chest,and pants were covered in red splatter, which the officer believed to be blood. He immediately asked Brown if she required medical attention, and she informed the officer that it was in fact vomit, not blood. Brown moved, and the officer observed a red pile of vomit beneath the place she had been sitting, according to OPD.
The officer said Brown admitted to having too much to drink and too little to eat, thus causing her to throw up all over herself and the church wall.
The 18-year-old Brown was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct; public intoxication and underage offenses, according to OPD. She was released.