Pullman police dealt with public urination and bad alumni behavior during the Friday night shift.
As police officers Heidi Lambley and Chris Engle drove though College Hill, they saw a young man with his back toward the street, peeing in a parking lot.
When Lambley asked the young man what he was doing, he turned to face their patrol car.
"Can you put that away?" Lambley asked.
When he turned back around, with his pants zipped up, she noted he was wearing a UW sweatshirt.
The Husky grinned, "Gotta have pride."
Engle sighed and got out of the patrol car. When he asked the Husky for his identification, Lambley stopped him. She then gave the young man some hand sanitizer before he touched his ID.
Engle then gave the same lecture he gives every person he stops for public urination: Peeing in public is against city code and can result in a $50 fine. Also, in the state of Washington, urine, along with other human excrements, falls under a "hazardous waste" definition and can be given a $1,050 fine.
The $1,050 fine, Engle later explained, has been given out before by other police officers in cases particularly severe and repugnant, like when someone peed on a cop car.
After a stern warning, Engle and Lambley let the Husky go, ticket-free.
"Please be careful," Lambley added, before they drove away. She warned the visitor he would get beat up while wearing that sweatshirt in Pullman.
Earlier that night, Engle and Lambley had stopped another young man for peeing on a tree. He wasn't a Husky; instead he was a WSU alumnus in town for the football game.
"I didn't think anyone would see me," the young man said.
He had peed underneath a streetlight next to the road.
The young man also had dark stains on his shirt that looked like blood. When Engle asked what the stains were, the young man said it was huckleberry syrup and offered to let Engle smell it. Engle declined.
The peeing alumnus was given hand sanitizer and a stern warning.
"The theme for this weekend is going to be alumni behaving badly," Lambley said.
Out-of-towners, alumni in particular, often cause more problems for the police than WSU students, Lambley said.
That night they also stopped an alumnus who had a stolen WSU flag in his possession. The flag was one of several that has gone missing since the city paid $3,700 to decorate Pullman. The alumnus was given a possession of stolen property ticket.
Later that night, Engle and Lambley were dispatched to check up on an intoxicated individual. When they arrived, a man sat on the stoop of a house, the occupants of which had no idea who he was.
It was raining, his jeans were soaked and he was wearing flip-flops. He also had black X’s on his hands to indicate he had been kicked out of the bar and shouldn’t be let back in.
When Engle asked the man his name, the man giggled and handed him a business card. The business card was for a real estate agent, and the picture didn’t look like the lost drunk man.
Engle asked the man if the person on the business card was him, and in response, the man giggled. Then he handed Engle another copy of the same business card. And then another. He then pulled out a whole stack of the business cards from his pocket.
Lambley asked if he was an alumnus. The man nodded, smiling.
A young man came out of the adjoining house to see if he could help the situation. Lambley asked the young man if he knew the lost individual, and the young man said no, he didn’t. The lost alumnus then offered him a business card.
Engle asked to use the lost alumnus’ cell phone to try and track down his friends. He smiled and handed his phone to Engle. After two phone calls, Engle got a hold of a friend who came and found the drunk alumnus, who was not the man named on the business cards.
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