Freshman punches UPD officer during marijuana arrest

A freshman student was arrested Tuesday after a chase by University Police officers, who caught him with more than an ounce of pot in Thurston Hall.

A UPD officer received a radio call for suspected marijuana at about 1 a.m., according to Metropolitan Police documents, and Matthew Strauss attempted to flee the scene. He then punched a security officer in the face “to make good his escape,” UPD Chief Kevin Hay said.

An officer chased him toward Mitchell Hall, where Strauss tossed his bag down a window well at the U.S. General Services Administration building across the street. UPD officers arrested him for possession of marijuana and a simple assault, according to the documents.

Officers found the marijuana, a black scale and about $158 in his bag.

The subject was transported to the Second District Metropolitan Police Department station.

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