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300 revelers escaped arrests after UK’s win over Florida. But who overturned that car?

Revelers stand atop an overturned car on State Street on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Fans were celebrating UK’s 27-16 victory over Florida, ending a 31-year losing streak.
Revelers stand atop an overturned car on State Street on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Fans were celebrating UK’s 27-16 victory over Florida, ending a 31-year losing streak. Kentucky Kernel

Lexington police are investigating who overturned a car on State Street during Saturday night’s celebration after Kentucky football’s 27-16 win at Florida, but no arrests had been reported as of Sunday morning.

About 300 people gathered in Lexington’s State Street area near the University of Kentucky campus, said police Sgt. Jeremy Brislin There were no arrests, no injuries and no other incidents reported.

“The flipped car was the only damage,” said Lexington Police Public Information Officer Brenna Angel.

The Kentucky Kernel reported that the car belonged to Matt O’Hara of Independence, who was not a UK student and who was visiting friends in Lexington.

“I love BBN and all, but there’s a line people have to realize people between burning a couch and damaging a car,” the newspaper quoted O’Hara as saying. A woman who identified herself as O’Hara’s mother started a go fund me page to raise money to replace his car.

“When UK won, the students went nuts and started destroying my son’s car. They ripped the doors off, shattered every window and then flipped (it) over totally destroying it. How’s my son going to get to work and school now?,” the woman identified as Amy Rademaker Given said.

Post-game celebrations normally break out after University of Kentucky men’s basketball wins. But students and others took to the streets Saturday night after the football Cats got their first victory against Florida since 1986.

Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, said, “Our police work to keep everyone safe during football games, including fans and neighborhood residents. They are experienced in handling crowds like the gathering on State Street.”

Straub said that no extra response -- just the normal units --were anticipated for next week’s game.



UK players, band and fans chant "Go Big Blue" after Kentucky's 27-16 win over Florida in Gainesville Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

Kentucky football fans react after the final touchdown is confirmed by the officials at the end of the game, sealing the Cats’ victory and ending a 31-game losing streak against the Gators.

Kentucky fans greet Wildcat players after the team beat the Gators 27-16, snapping a 31-game losing streak to Florida.

Kentucky fans at Two Keys celebrate the victory over Florida, snapping a decades-long losing streak. Patrons of the bar had to watch the game on mobile devices or listen on the radio as DIRECTV experienced an outage late in the game.

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