Excise officers arrest 181 during Indy 500 weekend

Most charges were alcohol-related

INDIANAPOLIS - Officers with the Indiana State Excise Police arrested 181 people on 214 charges in and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indianapolis 500 weekend, officials said.

Officers patrolled inside and near the IMS Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The majority of those arrested were charged in connection with alcohol or drug-related offenses, authorities said.

Most of the arrests were made during Carb Day and the night before the race along Georgetown Road, police said.

This year's numbers were up from last year when excise officers issued 125 tickets.

"The Indianapolis 500 is an event where public safety is a primary focus for State Excise Police," Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. "With large amounts of alcohol consumed this weekend, officers must monitor activities closely so everyone has an enjoyable, but safe time."

Officials said the charges this weekend included illegal possession or consumption of alcohol (137), possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia (20), furnishing alcohol to a minor (12), possession of false ID (12), public indecency or public nudity (9), juvenile possession of tobacco (8), furnishing tobacco to a juvenile (6), resisting law enforcement (3), public intoxication (2), false informing (2), battery on law enforcement (1), disorderly conduct (1) and a warrant arrest (1).

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