Seven people arrested by Indiana State Police during race festivities


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (May 29, 2016)–The Indiana State Police arrested seven persons during festivities for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Saturday night into Sunday morning, five adults were arrested, two for battery, two for disorderly conduct and one for minor consumption of alcohol.

On Sunday as fans were heading to the track near West 30th and Georgetown Road, a driver deliberately disregarded instructions to stop his vehicle.  In spite of repeated commands by the trooper to stop, the driver reportedly proceeded forward and struck the trooper in the torso with the driver’s side mirror.  The trooper was not injured in the incident.  The driver, 35-year-old Joey Harlan of North Dakota was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and resisting arrest with a vehicle.

Another motorist was spotted speeding through lot C1 and struck the metal cable barrier.  Police say the vehicle backed up and attempted to ram the barrier again.  According to the Troopers at the scene, the vehicle continued to drive through the lot while officers ordered him to stop.  Troopers were able to get next to the vehicle as it turned toward them.

State Police arrested 28-year-old Crawford Harper Jr. of Indianapolis.  Police say they learned Harper had stolen the vehicle from the parking lot with an adult female sleeping in the back seat just before they spotted him.

Harper faces preliminary charges of kidnapping, vehicle theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal confinement, and leaving the scene of a crash.

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