Police arrest 19 in infield scuffle druing Preakness

May 19, 1991|By Jay Apperson

Beer cans were flying and an officer's badge was temporarily missing yesterday when a melee broke out in the front of a rock band's stage in the infield at Pimlico Race Course.

Most of the 19 arrests and 38 ejections at yesterday's Preakness were linked to the altercation that broke out about 4:30 p.m. in front of the 98 Rock stage, said Dennis S. Hill, a city police spokesman.

Officers could be heard on the police radio calling for reinforcements as people fought and threw beer cans.

One officer reported that his badge had been pulled from his shirt. Hill said the badge was recovered -- and a man who allegedly took it was charged with assault.

In all, eight people were charged with assaulting officers, Hill said, adding one officer was injured -- receiving a bloody nose. Most of the other arrests were for fighting and disorderly conduct, police said.

One man was arrested after the van he was driving brushed a police officer directing traffic near the track, said Sgt.Thomas Bannon of the Northwestern District.

The arrest and ejection total was slightly above the average for the Preakness, Hill said.

A spokeswoman at Sinal Hospitral said about 20 people were brought in from the nearby race track for treatment of minor injuries.

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