Published on November 19th, 2012 | by Katie Esposito0
University Police Investigate Damages to 6 Vehicles
Katie Esposito, News Editor
Photo above provided by Lewis University Police Department: University police are currently investigating an incident involving the damage to six vehicles in parking lot ZZ on the evening of Oct. 29.
University police are currently investigating an incident involving the damage to six vehicles in parking lot ZZ on the evening of Oct. 29.
Deputy Chief of Police Mike Zegadlo said he could not comment on any specifics regarding the type of damage due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing. When asked if an incident such as this has ever happened before, Zegadlo noted the total amount of reports of damage to vehicles this year.
“We do, from time to time, get reports of damage to vehicles not related to traffic crashes,” Zegadlo said. “In 2012, we’ve had a total of 19 reports of damage to vehicles throughout campus. This includes the six reports associated with this investigation.”
The term “traffic incidents” could include several different types of incidents such as car crashes, moving violations, DUIs, etc. Each of these incidents has occurred on campus this year.
“We have had 34 reported traffic crashes on campus for 2012, most of them minor and involving no injuries,” Zegadlo said. “We have also had three DUIs on campus in 2012, and two of those involved crashes.”
According to Zegadlo, the crashes that occur on campus are typically minor parking lot “fender benders” which are not the result of any type of reckless or risky behavior.
“I believe we have a generally safe campus, and the vast majority of our students, faculty and staff avoid high-risk behavior as it relates to traffic,” Zegadlo said. “However, we have had incidents of students driving while intoxicated, and we regularly interact with students, faculty and staff disobeying traffic laws.”