State excise police say the number of alcohol citations during Indiana University’s Little 500 weekend are down slightly from last year.
The agency issued a total of 151 citations over the weekend. That’s 28 fewer citations than in 2016.
Meanwhile, city and county police responded to two attempted abductions and 387 traffic stops over the weekend.
Indiana University Police Department Lt. Craig Munroe says that level of activity isn’t unusual for Little 500.
“There’s a lot of planning with this weekend,” Munroe says. “It takes months to get this all put together. All of the officers were working. There’s no days off and there’s a lot of overtime. We have probably more police presence in this community on this weekend than most communities do.”
Police cited 15 people for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and made 114 criminal arrests. They found individuals in possession of alcohol, drugs including illegal narcotics, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, syringes, and controlled substance pills during traffic stops.
“It is the same mission that we have every day,” Munroe says. “It just gets a little more challenging when you get a lot of people in from out of town that are interested in having a good time and then there’s an increase in alcohol consumption.”