LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Police Department sent out the largest number of police officers at one time in its history to keep the post-game celebrations safe.
Most of the enforcement was centered around the State Street area near campus. Despite 29 arrests and 19 couch fires, police are calling the night a success. Of the 29 arrests police made, Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says most were for alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.
"The crowd on South Limestone after the game stayed for a little while and they seemed to leave peacefully and there weren't really many issues. The State Street crowd stayed longer and was more rambunctious than we've seen," noted Chief Bastin, "our folks used tremendous restraint. Again I want to say how much I appreciate who they are and what they stand for because there are agencies across the country that maybe wouldn't have reacted the way our folks did. I was extremely proud of them and extremely proud of this team here."
Crews transported eight people to the hospital for injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening. Fire crews put out 19 couch fires, 18 trash fires, and one house fire.
"District major said that there were some suspicious activity going on when he arrived. We're going to continue to investigate and move forward," explained Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson, talking about the vacant house fire on State Street.