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Seven Arrested During Indy 500 Festivities
Updated May 30, 2016 6:56 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana State Police arrested seven individuals during festivities for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the overnight hours Saturday five adults were arrested, two for battery, two for disorderly conduct and one for minor consumption.

Sunday, during the inbound traffic pattern, while directing traffic near 30th and Georgetown, a driver deliberately disregarded instructions to stop his vehicle.

The driver, after being stopped to allow for cross traffic, proceeded forward after several commands from the trooper to stop. That driver eventually struck the trooper in the torso with his driver's side mirror.

The driver, 35-year-old Joey Harlan of North Dakota, was arrested on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and resisting arrest with a vehicle. Trooper Glaze was not injured in the incident.

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At approximately 11:10 a.m. Trooper Egler and Trooper Vido were directing traffic near 30th and Fuller. A black sport utility vehicle inside lot C1 caught their attention as it sped through the lot and struck the metal cable barrier. That vehicle then backed up and attempted to ram the barrier again.

The vehicle continued driving through the lot and the driver was looking at the troopers who were ordering him to stop. Troopers were able to get next to the vehicle as it turned toward them.

The driver eventually stopped, a trooper reached through the open window and grabbed the males arm, subsequently removing him from the vehicle.

During the course of the investigation it was determined the driver, 28-year-old Crawford Harper Jr. of Indianapolis, had stolen the vehicle from the parking lot with an adult female sleeping in the back seat just before officers spotted him.

Harper was lodged at the Marion County Adult Processing Center and faces preliminary charges with kidnapping, vehicle theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement, and leaving the scene of a crash.

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Indiana State Police say they cited 188 people over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They say 130 of those were minors and 20 were juveniles.

The 188 people were cited or arrested on a total of 263 charges, 139 of those were for illegal possession or consumption of an alcohol beverage.



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