Two LaPorte County
residents were arrested at the Porter County Fair on Friday on charges of
battery after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said that they were the
“main aggressors” in a melee at the grandstand during a concert.
Ray Evers, 44, of
LaPorte, was charged with three counts of battery and Mark A. Bailey, 46, of
Westville, was charged with one count, police said.
police, the incident began around 11 p.m., when a witness advised that Evers
“became upset with her and the group she was with for blocking their view of
the concert.” She further advised that when Evers “was confronted by the
group for harassing the girls, a fight broke out.”
A different witness
reported that Evers “began to stumble and was hitting anything he could
reach,” including her juvenile daughter, who took a blow to the eye, police
Evers, for his
part, “showed extreme signs of intoxication” and “made few statements,”
police said. Evers did admit to “putting his hands” on another person in the
melee who he said elbowed him first.
admitted to striking a another person while they were both on the ground but
said that the other person was the “primary aggressor.”
briefed on the disturbance, it was determined due to injuries suffered by
the victims and all witness statements, that the two male subjects
identified as Ray Evers and Mark Bailey were the primary aggressors,” police
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Then, on Sunday, a
Valparaiso resident was arrested on charges of public intoxication and
disorderly conduct after another disturbance at the grandstand, police said.
police, at 9:36 p.m. a guest at the grandstand reported that Murray J.
Banks, 21, of 2655 Longford Ave., was “extremely intoxicated and causing
issues with other guests.”
contact with BanksŃwho turned 21 on SundayŃand advised him that he was to be
escorted off the property and his friend would be taking him home. While en
route to the parking lot, however, Banks began “screaming at officers,”
using obscenities within earshot of children in the area, and saying that
the officers couldn’t kick him out because it was his birthday, police said.
yelling while in his friend’s car, “out the window,” police said. Finally,
officers ordered him to exit the vehicle while it was still on fairground
property and he was taken into custody, police said, at which time he
registered a blood alcohol content of .28 percent on a portable breath test.
Due to his level of
intoxication, Banks was transported to Porter Regional Hospital for medical
clearance, where he continued to yell at officers and disturb “elderly
patients in the rooms across from (Banks) who were attempting to rest,”
police said. “It’s my birthday and you cannot arrest me,” police quoted him
Banks was medically
cleared and transported to Porter County Jail.