The Blotter

Air Force: In addition to regular police cars and those specialty jobs with the lights hidden inside the vehicle, the cops also have access to an airplane that patrols our city's highways and byways. An officer on patrol in Tampa was radioed by "air service," who reported observing a suspicious pickup truck on N. Florida Avenue. The truck was having trouble going straight, weaving from lane to lane before turning onto Slight Avenue and pulling into a gas station, where the eye in the sky reported "the driver stayed in the vehicle for several minutes without doing anything." Air services directed the ground officer to the gas station, where the pickup's driver was about to pull back onto the road. Upon making contact with the driver, the cop noticed all the usual signs of an intoxicated driver. You know, beer breath, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, open can of Coors Light in the cup holder. Per the report, the cop "asked the driver if that was his beer and he picked it up and said 'Of course it is.'" Not anymore.

Lord Of The Ring: On a Friday morning in February, a 17-year-old boy in Tampa began tearing up his mother's house in search of some missing jewelry. Although not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the kid had been up all night and perhaps lack of sleep had clouded his judgment. At around 7:30 a.m., the boy woke up his sleeping sister, "pulling her blanket off her and then kicked her four times on her right leg and upper right torso." Apparently, he thought she had stolen his missing ring. (She hadn't.) Upon hearing the fighting, the boy's mother and older sister entered the room and he began fighting with them as well. Arrest may have saved the boy from a beating, as per the report, "his mother was angry and saying she was going to hit him with a stick because he woke up his sister."

Unclear On The Rules: An officer on patrol in Ybor City spotted a woman standing on Ninth Avenue E., "consuming beer from a red plastic cup on the curb/sidewalk." The officer approached the woman, who stated right away that she was drinking a Coors Light. Apparently, she was unaware that drinking beer on the street was illegal. The woman stated to the officer that she "didn't think about drinking in public." That statement proved only partially true, however, as the woman went on to say that, "she knew that she could not drink on a beach but never thought about a sidewalk before." The more you know...

From the files of the T.P.D.