Broadway runs smoothly on Derby night - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Broadway runs smoothly on Derby night

It wasn't full scale Derby cruising on West Broadway this weekend, but it was the biggest attempt since 2005.

It was pretty obvious that there was a party along Broadway and the surrounding neighborhoods Saturday night.

"I didn't see a whole lot of arrests and or violence, so I think for the most part they acted accordingly," said James Lynn, who enjoyed the weekend.

There was Broadway cruising which mainly consists of locals and people from out of town, showing off the prized automobiles.  It was all done under the watchful eyes of Metro Police.

Officials lifted restrictions that have been enforced since 2006, when cruising turned violent, with several shootings.

People were arrested Friday and Saturday nights, for illegal drug possession, gun charges and outstanding warrants but most followed the rules.

"People on Broadway cruising and everybody is having a good time.  You know that's what it's all about Derby.  Everybody want's to enjoy the festivities, enjoy the cooking and we try to put that on, we don't like any violence," said Aaron Caudell, with the Screaming Eagles.

There was violence, at a private party at 26th and Kentucky streets Sunday morning.

"There was a party going on here, I guess Derby activities.  The subject was at this party earlier in the day," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, Metro Homicide.

23-year-old Jerry Taylor was shot several times he was found inside a car, outside the home where the party took place.

Police don't believe it's related to Derby cruising.  James Lynn says he's seen it all in the neighborhood, is looking forward to success again next year.

"I think it's just as fair for us to have our thing as it is for them out to churchill downs to have their thing," said Lynn.

Here's a breakdown of the arrests from Saturday night. 68 felony and misdemeanor arrests for broadway, several warrants served, along with parking and noise citations.

Police reported 50 arrests and citations most for alcohol, drugs and disorderly conduct at Churchill Downs.

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