Mar 28, 2014 11:46 PM by Lupita Murillo

Police Chief: Officers will be ready if celebrations get out of hand

TUCSON - Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor says just one person was cited during Thursday night's celebrations on University Blvd. following the University of Arizona's win over San Diego State.

25-year-old Andrew Gallardo was cited and released for allegedly throwing a bottle into the crowd as Tucson Police arrived. He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Tucson Police were on standby after the game ended just in case something like this erupted.

Police Chief Villaseñor says they weren't expecting huge crowds this early in the NCAA Tournament. "We never experienced anything this early in the tournament. It's something that has not happened before here....or any other places we're aware of," said Villaseñor.

Patrol officers quickly shut down the street, and dispersed the crowd before it got out of hand. "We had several fights that broke out at last night's event. And we dissipated the crowd as quickly as possible to make sure that didn't build," said Villaseñor.

Chief Villaseñor, UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, and UA Police Chief Brian Seastone are reminding fans to "Bear Down with Pride" as the Cats take on Wisconsin Saturday night.

Police will be ready just in case the crowds get rowdy. Potential hot spots include University Blvd. and 4th Avenue.


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