Crowd at drag strip confronts police called in to stop fights

May 12, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

MONROVIA - An unruly crowd of more than 1,000 people confronted police who responded to reports of fighting at the 75 & 80 Dragstrip about 10 p.m. Friday, authorities said yesterday.

Deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office arrested one woman at the scene. In a report about the fighting, Sgt. Gordon Geesey wrote that the crowd surrounded five deputies at one point and tried to "entice them" into a confrontation.

Officers from the Frederick and Westminster barracks of the state police, a state police helicopter and a police dog were called to restore order and disperse the crowd, Geesey reported. The drag strip was shut down early and the crowd was ordered to disperse.

Geesey said deputies responding to a report of a fight arrived to find many small fights and disturbances throughout the grounds. Several people were removed for disorderly conduct.

Shannon Leigh Tenley, 18, of the 1200 block of Daniel Court in Frederick was arrested. She is accused of hindering efforts by police investigating a report that her boyfriend was armed with a knife, Geesey said.

He said 14 police officers on the scene worked until almost midnight to clear the area.

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