Lexington Police warn UK fans against out-of-control celebrations

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Lexington Police issued a stern warning on Monday: criminal behavior and out of control celebrations will not be tolerated from UK fans.

After UK's win against UofL on Saturday, the partying turned violent. Some fans torched couches and flipped a car before setting it on fire.

Vehicles were towed Monday on State Street because cars can't be street parked after 5:00 p.m.

Police also urged people to use common sense when it comes to safety. Authorities wanted people to enjoy Monday night's championship game and celebrate but not the way they did it on Saturday.

Saturday's craziness got national attention. Fans WAVE 3 spoke with said that is not how they want Kentucky fans to be remembered.

"I'm telling you, if they win tonight this town is gonna be tore up," said UK fan Amy Burgher.

"Anytime you have fans doing stupid things, it reflects poorly on the whole state," said UK fan Roger Chui.

"It's embarrassing to Kentucky because Kansas is not acting like this," said 14-year-old Jay McKnight.

Police said that what happened Saturday night in Lexington won't be tolerated again.

"The behavior of some was dangerous, criminal and totally unacceptable," said Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.

There was mayhem on State Street as fans threw glass bottles at police. Officers were forced to use pepper spray.

The rowdy partying led to more than 30 arrests. Police are now using surveillance video and pictures to find other suspects.

Police are making some changes to their enforcement plan -- most related to traffic flow, road closures, no parking zones and a heavier police presence.

"I urge our students and non students to remember the eyes of our nation are upon us, and your behavior does make a difference," said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe.

Police need the community's help to find some of the suspects from Saturday night. They posted pictures on the website idthisperson.com. There is a $25 reward for tips leading to an arrest.

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