Arrests at Oxford Plains Speedway 250 down from previous years

Posted July 23, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Last modified July 23, 2013, at 7:36 p.m.

OXFORD, Maine — The number of arrests made at the 2013 Oxford Plains Speedway 250 race was at its lowest amount in years, according to Lt. Michael Ward of the Oxford Police Department.

Ward said that nine arrests were made at Oxford Plains Speedway from July 19 to July 21, which was “way down” from previous years, when the number of arrests “would sometimes reach 20 or more.”

“It was a bit surprising to see but it was definitely one of the least amounts we’ve had in awhile,” Ward said Monday afternoon. “It was a good racing crowd and everyone seemed to be just enjoying the races, for the most part.”

Of the nine arrests made, Ward said a majority were disorderly conduct arrests connected with drunk and disorderly behavior. Police arrested two different men for possession of an illegal drug, though the two were not connected. Another arrest was made at the speedway for the misuse of the 911 system.

“Most of the arrests we made were for drunk and disorderly behavior and, otherwise, it was a pretty good weekend,” Ward said. “Some people have some drinks and get a little rowdy but we were able to take care of it.”

Sgt. Skip Mowatt of the Paris Police Department, who was covering the 34th annual Founder’s Day in Paris, said that based on reports from the Paris Police Department, the crowd seemed to be calmer than previous years, with fewer reports of disorderly conduct.

Mike Mayberry, the Vice President and General Manager of the Oxford Plains Speedway, said that although he was focused on the races for a majority of the weekend, it “seemed like everybody was just having a good time and enjoying themselves,” and that he “didn’t see anything out of the ordinary this year.”

“We’re just really happy with the way the weekend went,” Mayberry said.

mdaigle@sunjournal.com

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