MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Numerous fights and arrests at the Highland Rim Speedway are leading the Millersville police to demand better behavior.
Police Chief David Hindman told News 2 two people have been arrested and charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in the past three weeks.
He said there have been fights at four of the last five races, particularly on June 13 after two cars collided.
Dozens of families and fans rushed the track, even though cars were still driving.
A video shows one of the drivers getting out of his car, leaping over the hood and slapping the helmet of the other racer.
Four Millersville officers, including Hindman, were in the crowd.
“We had about 100 to 150 people standing around. I had fear for one of my officers being injured because they surrounded him,” Hindman said.
The chief said his officers sprayed the crowd with pepper spray and displayed their Tasers, but didn’t fire any weapon.
After the night the video was shot, only one fan was arrested. According to authorities, Charles Duke III was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Authorities also told News 2 another spectator was arrested last Saturday. Jason Ray was charged with two counts of simple assault and resisting arrest.
Track Owner Roger Cunningham said the police chief and city of Millersville have done an outstanding job.
“Highland Rim Speedway is very much committed to the safety of all our fans as well as our drivers and car owners, and we want, our goal is for this to be an event that they can come to and bring their families.”
According to Hindman, there will be no more warnings and anyone caught fighting will be arrested.
Races commence on Saturday night.