“This is Not a Car Show:” Ocean City Police Chief Condemns H20i Crowds

Following a raucous weekend in Ocean City that led to the arrests of over one hundred people, hundreds of vehicle impoundments, traffic violations, firework detonations and violent confrontations, the Ocean City Police Chief is speaking out about the unsanctioned, pop-up car rally.

“This is not a car show and the majority of these visitors are not car enthusiasts.” Chief Ross Buzzuro said. “They are here to disrupt, destroy and disrespect our community and our law enforcement officers. Our policing philosophy is to be friendly, fair and firm. Unfortunately, the disorderly behavior and unruly crowds left no choice but to shift and philosophy and take additional steps to protect our officers and our community.”

In the midst of the chaos, a Maryland State Trooper was injured by an attendee. He was knocked unconscious during a confrontation and taken to the hospital where he has been treated for his injuries.

By Saturday evening, law enforcement set up check points at the Routes 50 and 90 bridges in and out of Ocean City, heavily limiting those allowed into the resort town.