BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man was charged after he allegedly jumped a fence while under the influence of multiple drugs and alcohol and fell into a pit at the new Bills stadium on Sunday, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Police responded to the area just before 12:20 p.m. after Erie Community College security personnel were flagged down. A naked man covered in feces allegedly jumped a 10-foot tall fence and fell into a pit in the construction site when police approached him.
The 29-year-old man mentioned to police that he was under the influence of a combination of alcohol, LSD, cocaine and marijuana at the time.
“When you’re taking LSD, cocaine and marijuana, you’re going to not read the signs. You’re not going to read anything,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “You wouldn’t be in a porta potty jumping inside it, covered yourself with human excrement, you wouldn’t be doing that. This is a very isolated issue.”
According to law enforcement, the man was taken to ECMC for evaluation, and later on to Buffalo General Hospital. He suffered various minor injuries in the falls. Police estimated the hole to be about 30 feet deep.
“Nobody else was injured nobody else made it on to this site,” Sheriff Garcia said. “We always try to stay four, five plays ahead because our job is to try to prevent incidents like that to occur but when someone takes LSD, cocaine and marijuana and they’re drinking, from running into traffic to scaling a 10 foot fence, we can’t prevent everything.”
He was charged with criminal trespass and was released on an appearance ticket.
“He scaled that fence right up, jump over the other side and next thing you know, he’s running toward the pit. By the time ECC security got behind him now this individual is falling, tumbling down into the pit. It happened so quickly, it’s a large site. You can’t have people every 6 feet. You never anticipate something like this to happen. We’re going to look at it and get better and work with our partners and give them some advice on getting better.”
Police say this was an isolated incident. Sheriff John Garcia praised the sellout crowd at Sunday’s game, calling it the “best behaved crowd that we’ve seen since our administration has been in place.”
One other arrest was made after the game, a man was charged with harassment for attempting to fight other people. Eight fans were ejected from the game.
At Bills games and tailgates, Erie Community College handles security outside of the fence surrounding the new stadium site. Inside the fence, it is done by a private security company.
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