Jaywalker attempts to flee from U police

Since stepped-up jaywalking enforcement began, police have had fewer problems with it on campus.

Britt Johnsen

University police on jaywalking enforcement got a surprise Oct. 8.

When officers tried to ticket a man for crossing on a red light at the intersection of Union Street Southeast and Washington Avenue, he lied to them about his identity and ran.

Officers chased him into Amundson Hall and arrested him.

“It’s unusual for people to run from the police when they’re stopped,” University police Capt. Steve Johnson said.

Police booked the man at Hennepin County Jail for obstructing legal process with force and also ticketed him for jaywalking.

Since stepped-up jaywalking enforcement began in September, Johnson said, police are having fewer problems with it on campus.

“I think there are fewer people (walking and biking) through (red) lights,” Johnson said.

Other problems on campus, however, such as theft and underage drinking, were prevalent last week.

  • Eleven bikes were reported stolen last week, which is two more than last week.

Johnson blamed the thefts on weak locks because all the bikes reported stolen had cable locks.

“It’s what we’ve said before: The bikes that get stolen are the ones that are easier to steal,” Johnson said.

Johnson said bikes with U-shaped locks are less likely to be stolen.

Johnson said bike owners should have their bicycles licensed, which helps police verify a person as the bike’s owner.

  • Eleven people were cited for underage drinking.
  • Police ticketed four University students after they shouted obscenities out of their car on Cedar and Washington avenues.
  • Two other University students drew police attention while pulling flowers and shrubs out of a garden near the superblock.

Police saw the students were intoxicated and gave them tickets for underage drinking, as well as for damaging property.

  • Two students ticketed for underage drinking also provided false identification.

Johnson said this is not a recurring problem on campus because most of those cases usually occur in bars or liquor stores.