Buffalo NY Aug 30 2010 Some concert goers are probably wishing they had backed down when confronted by authorities Saturday night, following a concert by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Darien Lake.
Genesee County sheriff’s deputies made more than 30 arrests — including several that involved physical confrontations with either Darien Lake security or sheriff’s deputies.
One of the arrests involved a Brockport man who allegedly punched a deputy in the face.
Adam J. Phillips, 28, was charged with second-degree assault. He’s also accused of injuring the deputy’s hand.
Phillips tried to enter the seating section of the concert several times during the show without the appropriate ticket, deputies said.
When deputies went to arrest him, he fled and upon being apprehended he punched the deputy in the face. He faces additional charges of trespass and resisting arrest and was taken to county jail on $5,000 bail.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have a hit song, “I Won’t Back Down,” that they frequently play during concert stops.
Other fans who appeared to have taken the anthem too far Saturday:
* Sarah J. Cooper, 19, and Matthew J. Pasternak, 20, both of Amherst, also were accused of struggling and fighting with arresting officers.
Deputies said Cooper allegedly kicked a corrections officer and a security guard while she was being processed prior to her arraignment in Darien Court. She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and second-degree harassment.
After allegedly fighting with deputies, Pasternak also was accused of kicking an emergency medical technician who tried to treat him for minor abrasions.
* A father and son from Lockport were accused of fighting with Darien Lake security as they walked from the concert to the campgrounds. Charged with disorderly conduct were James R. Ross Sr., 49, and James R. Ross, 25. Both men were arraigned and taken to jail on $200 bail.
* Myles D. Macleod, 22, of Akron, was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened a sheriff’s deputy in the concert venue area.
* Tyler N. Taylor, 25, of Welland, Ont., and Jonathan Raymond, 21, address unknown, were charged with trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the parking lot despite being instructed to do so by authorities multiple times.
In addition, deputies charged a Buffalo teenager and a Dunkirk man with possessing psilocybin, commonly known as mushrooms, with the intent to sell them.
Joseph W. Kulig Jr., 17, of Buffalo, and Brett A. Tofil, 27, of Dunkirk, were taken to county jail on $5,000 bail and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Tofil also received a weapons charge when deputies found a set of brass knuckles on him.
Also, a Lancaster woman, Sara N. Rogers, 24, of Country Place, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child after allegedly providing alcohol to minors. Twenty others concert goers under 21 years old — the legal drinking age, who were charged with possession of alcohol.