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Police arrest 19 adults, 11 minors during Speed Street

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Arrests during Speed Street fell to a third of the number from two years ago, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

During this year’s Speed Street, police arrested 19 adults and 11 juveniles in the center city area, according to a statement released by the Joint Information Center.

During the command center’s operation, from 5 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Sunday, police arrested four adults for alcohol-related offenses and two for drug-related incidents.

Adults were also arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on an officer, resisting arrest, simple assault, impeding traffic, trespassing and outstanding warrants.

The 10 juvenile arrests included charges for disorderly conduct, trespassing, affray, resisting arrest and impeding traffic.

In addition, three juveniles were processed for curfew violations.

During operations, police also responded to 13 calls for service from the community concerning unattended packages that were ultimately determined to be nonthreatening items.

An estimated 400,000 people attend the festival over the three-day period.

Last year, police arrested 44 people – 33 adults and 11 minors – during the three-day festival. That’s less than half the total for 2011, when police arrested 95 adults and nine juveniles.

Arriero: 704-804-2637; Twitter: @earriero
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