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Officials: Arrests down, Lynx ridership up during 2013 Food Lion Speed Street

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Good news from the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Joint Information Center (JIC) about the 2013 Food Lion Speed Street festival in uptown Charlotte.

Total arrests were down this year, compared to 2012 and 2011:

  • In 2011, 95 adults and 9 juveniles were arrested.
  • In 2012, 33 adults and 11 juveniles were arrested.
  • This year, 19 adults and 10 juveniles were arrested.

Breakdown of Charges: 2012 vs. 2013

 

2012 Adult Arrests

2013 Adult Arrests

2012 Juvenile Arrests

2013 Juvenile Arrests

Alcohol-Related

2

4

0

0

Drug-Related

8

2

1

0

Disorderly Conduct

5

4

 

2

Carrying Concealed Weapon

1

0

1

0

Assault on Officer

1

2

0

0

Public Urination

1

0

0

0

Resisting Arrest

4

2

0

3

Littering

1

0

0

0

Intoxicated & Disruptive

7

0

0

0

Simple Assault

0

1

0

0

Impeding Traffic

0

1

0

2

Trespass

3

2

1

2

Outstanding Warrants

0

1

0

0

Affray (Fighting)

0

0

0

1

Curfew Violations

0

0

8

0

Medic reported a lower volume of calls compared to past years and ridership on the Lynx was up.

Thursday, May 23: Medic responded to two calls within the event venue, one for a patient taken to the hospital. That person is expected to be OK.

CATS says ridership numbers indicate 19,817 riders were served. That's 31.5% above average for a Thursday.

Friday, May 24: Medic responded to eight calls within the event area, resulting in five transports to area hospitals. Four are expected to be OK. The fifth person had very serious injuries. WBTV is asking for more details.

CATS reports 28,582 riders were served – an increase of 82% above an average Friday.

Saturday, May 25: Medic made transported three people from inside the event venue.

At last check, ridership numbers for Saturday were not yet available.

Other Information:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities set up a water station in the Trade and Tryon area. Estimated counts from CMUD staff indicate the water station averaged 50 guests per hour (11 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. each of the three days), serving more than 1200 visitors during the festival.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says "thank you" to the community for taking part in the "See Something, Say Something" campaign. Officers responded to 13 calls for service from the community concerning unattended packages. All packages were determined to be non-threatening.

The following city departments are represented by the JIC:

  • Corporate Communications & Marketing
  • CATS
  • CDOT
  • CharMeck 311
  • Charlotte Fire Department
  • Shared Services
  • Neighborhood & Business Services

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office and the Salvation Army also contributed staff for a total of 30 people working the JIC during Speed Street. CMPD Public Affairs acted as liaison between the JIC and the Command Center.

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