Choose your landing spot carefully.
A man has been charged after allegedly scaling a fence while under the influence of a cocktail of drugs and alcohol and taking a plunge into a pit at the new Bills stadium on Sunday, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Police were summoned to the area just before 12:20 p.m. after security personnel from Erie Community College raised the alarm. A naked man, smeared with feces, had purportedly scaled a 10-foot tall fence and tumbled into a pit at the construction site upon police arrival.
The 29-year-old individual informed police that he was under the influence of a concoction of alcohol, LSD, cocaine, and marijuana at the time.
“When you’re under the influence of LSD, cocaine, and marijuana, your ability to comprehend signs and surroundings diminishes significantly,” remarked Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “You wouldn’t typically find yourself inside a porta-potty, covering yourself in human excrement. This is a highly unusual incident.”
As per law enforcement, the man was transported to ECMC for evaluation and subsequently to Buffalo General Hospital. He sustained minor injuries during the fall, with police estimating the pit to be around 30 feet deep.
“Nobody else was harmed, and nobody else managed to access the site,” Sheriff Garcia noted. “We always strive to stay several steps ahead because our role is to prevent incidents like this, but when someone is under the influence of LSD, cocaine, marijuana, and alcohol, and they’re behaving erratically from darting into traffic to scaling a 10-foot fence, we can’t prevent everything.”
He was charged with criminal trespass and was released with an appearance ticket.
“He climbed that fence, leaped over to the other side, and suddenly, he’s sprinting towards the pit. By the time ECC security caught up with him, this individual was already plummeting into the pit. It transpired so rapidly. It’s a vast site, and you can’t have personnel stationed every 6 feet. You never anticipate an incident like this. We’ll review it, seek improvements, and collaborate with our partners to provide better guidance.”
Police underscored that this was an isolated event. Sheriff John Garcia commended the well-behaved sellout crowd at Sunday’s game, labeling it the “most well-behaved crowd we’ve witnessed during our tenure.”
Another arrest was made following the game, with an individual charged with harassment for attempting to engage in altercations with others. Eight fans were ejected from the game.
During Bills games and tailgates, Erie Community College manages security outside the fence surrounding the new stadium site, while inside the fence, security is handled by a private security company.