Excise police crack down on crime at IMS

Indiana State Excise Police write citation at IMS.

MARION COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Carb Day 2014 is in the books and dozens who attended the event have been booked in jail.  From nudity to underage drinking to drugs, police said they’re working around the clock to keep crime under control at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“If it takes writing tickets, and it takes putting people in jail to keep the community safe, than that’s what we’re going to do,” Cpl. Travis Thickstun said.

It didn’t take long for excise police to take action Friday.

“Even before noon today we were putting people in jail,” Cpl. Thickstun said.

Packs of police in plain clothing were weaving through the crowds at Carb Day.

“Some people notice us right away after a few minutes. Unfortunately, most people don’t notice until it’s too late if they’re committing a crime,” Cpl. Thickstun said.

They caught underage drinkers and even drug use. The offenses ranged from clear cut crime to careless people who just wanted to party at Carb Day.

Corporal Thickstun said he witnessed a four-year-old girl holding a beer. The officer confrontation ended with just a warning, but Indiana State Excise Police say think again if you’re planning on breaking the law this weekend at the track.

“We’re going to take action on that. You’re either going to go to jail or you’re going to get a ticket,” Cpl. Thickstun said.

More than 60 people left the track Friday facing alcohol or drug-related charges.

Excise police and others will not be slowing down Saturday or Sunday either, all in an effort, they say, to make the weekend a safe one.

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