Saturday, October 2, 2010
Public-drunk arrests total nearly 50
ESPN.com news services
Nearly 50 people were arrested overnight in downtown Dallas ahead of the Texas-Oklahoma game, local police reported Saturday, according to The Associated Press.
Police said the arrests were for public intoxication, mostly in the West End section of the city, the AP report said.
A news release stated 300 parking tickets were also issued and two vehicles towed.
The No. 8 Sooners and No. 21 Longhorns play Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Cotton Bowl.
The number of arrests amid the revelry before the annual Red River Rivalry had been kept to a minimum before recent games after a major police crackdown in 1993, the year after a 19-year-old man was shot and killed over a minor traffic accident.
Dallas police flooded downtown with 900 officers in the effort, and in the years that followed the city banned pedestrian traffic on Commerce Street, the former center of Texas-Oklahoma pregame festivities.
As a result, the scene migrated to the city's warehouse entertainment district west of downtown.