Terre Haute City Police have issued the following release that details their calls during the Schied Diesel event this past weekend.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, officers responded to numerous calls to clear parking lots of unwanted persons.
Many of those calls were handled without much incident on Friday. However, on Saturday, officers received information that the Fairgrounds had closed in the early evening, and we began experiencing an influx of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Many of the private businesses south of I-70 had retained private security, and denied entry to those lots. It appears that the influx of people utilized social media and the internet to arrange gatherings at locations in the city far from the event.
At approximately 3:37 A.M., officers were dispatched to Plaza North and the Krogers located at 25th Street and Ft Harrison, after receiving reports of barrels in the roadway and persons yelling at passing vehicles.After some time, officers were able to clear both lots, before responding to the east Wal-mart.
A large number of trucks had gathered, and were refusing to leave. Officers reported having bottles thrown at them at the Wal-mart location. Throughout the night, city, county, and state police worked together in responding to calls.
We are grateful to all agencies, as no one agency could handle the volume of incidents and persons alone. Based on your requests, I have compiled a list of those incidents involving property damage, injuries, or arrests.