SHERIDAN — Sheridan turned a bit Wild West this weekend as festivities from the Sheridan WYO Rodeo took over the city.
Sheridan Police Department Lt. Tom Ringley said the level of activity was mostly on par with past years, although this year the department saw more minors in possession of alcohol and driving under the influence. Folks in Sheridan racked up a whopping 21 MIPs on Friday and Saturday. Ringley said some of these came from single incidents where multiple minors were involved.
“And it’s also just an indication that the officers were out in the crowd enforcing the underage drinking statutes,” he said.
Crime this weekend also included the following:
• 9 DUIs
• 8 public intoxication/drunk pedestrian arrests
• 6 citations for urinating in public
• 4 warrant arrests
• 3 open container citations
• 3 instances of interference with a peace officer
• 1 citation for fake identification
Saturday was a particularly busy day for the police department. Officers reported a car with slashed tires and a broken passenger window on the 400 block of Sumner Street at noon. At 4 p.m. officers broke up a fight at the fairgrounds that resulted in three arrests. Later that evening one driver near the fairgrounds purposely bumped into a pedestrian with his or her vehicle, and at night, two men were given trespass warnings at the street dance after provoking a fight.
Meanwhile the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office stayed busy responding to an attempted break-in in Ranchester and a stolen motorhome from a campground in Story.
Sheriff’s Office Lt. Allen Thompson said he had not reviewed the specifics of the case but in general, most auto thefts in the area occur when owners simply leave the car unlocked and the keys inside.
Despite the numbers of arrests and citations over the weekend, Ringley said that the street dances, which bring out hordes of revelers and plenty of booze, went smoothly.
“The general impression of the police department in regards to the street dance was despite the high number of MIPs and arrest activity in general, the crowd appeared to be very well behaved and cordial,” he said.
The police department gave 203 free rides home from the weekend street dances and handed out 2,800 servings of water to help keep people hydrated.