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Super Bowl leads to 18 arrests, ejections in Tampa, police say

Local law enforcement including Tampa PD and the Hillsborough Sheriff noted arrests, ejections, drone reports
A fan who ran on the field, later identified as 31-year-old Yuri Andrade of Boca Raton, is tackled by Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Clinton Stearns during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 55. Andrade was arrested and charged with trespassing.
A fan who ran on the field, later identified as 31-year-old Yuri Andrade of Boca Raton, is tackled by Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Clinton Stearns during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 55. Andrade was arrested and charged with trespassing. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Feb. 8

In the ten days surrounding the Super Bowl and its pre- and post- festivities, local law enforcement made five misdemeanor arrests, 13 ejections and a slew of drone reports.

The Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with other law enforcement agencies, fire departments and medical providers to secure the Super Bowl beginning Jan. 28.

On Super Bowl Sunday, authorities made four misdemeanor arrests and four ejections, according to a news release. They also issued two warnings. All of the incidents were alcohol related, police said. Two of the misdemeanors were on trespassing charges, and the others were for fraud and a traffic violation. No felony arrests were made, police said.

A bomb threat is currently under investigation, police said. The streaker who ran onto the field in a pink suit faces a trespassing charge.

In the days before the Super Bowl, more than 100 drone reports were made, though only three were seized, police said.

“Local, state, and federal law enforcement came together to make sure all events were safe and fun,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “We showed the world the best of Tampa Bay.”

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