Excise Officers cite 188 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 29, 2016)–A bigger crowd at this year’s Indianapolis 500 race meant more arrests by State Excise Police at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indiana State Excise Police Officers arrested or cited 130 minors, 38 adults, and 20 juveniles on 263 charges while working enforcement patrols Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Excise officers issued 139 summonses for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage.  Eight people were also jailed for various offenses.  Other charges included possession of fake IDs, resisting law enforcement, furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, sale of alcoholic beverages without a permit, and drug related charges.

State Excise Police Superintendent, Matt Strittmatter said, “While it’s a time for patrons to enjoy the party atmosphere, it is also a time when a significant amount of alcohol is consumed.  Indiana State excise officers are responsible for public safety.  We focus our efforts to ensure that the over-consumption of alcohol does not cause serious problems and specifically work to ensure that underage persons do not have access to alcohol.”

Last year during race weekend, Excise officers cited 141 minors, 28 adults, and seven juveniles.

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