Only three arrests tied to NCAA Championship celebrations

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- When the University of Virginia men's basketball team won the NCAA Championship, crowds of people took over the streets near the UVA Corner and only three people were arrested.

Local first responders were ready with a public safety operation plan that included extra staff and closed roads.

Between 7 p.m. Monday and 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, first responder teams went to just a few calls for service, most of which were categorized as low-priority events.

Each of the three people arrested are facing charges, one for drunk in public, one for trespassing and one for simple assault.

The UVA Police Department reported three vandalism calls, while fire and rescue crews responded to seven furniture and/or bonfires, two medical calls, and two fire code enforcement actions that involved removing people from the rooftops of two businesses.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney thanks the community for celebrating safely and responsibly.

"I am proud of the city of Charlottesville in that they responsibly celebrated in this community," she said. "Fans did little to take away or detract from a national win or to bring any negative attention to the city."

Brackney also commended the hard work and dedication of police officers, fire and rescue crews, dispatchers, and public work teams, including local and state partners.



 
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