A man whose arrest Friday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara was depicted in a video posted online was intoxicated, refused to cooperate and assaulted a police officer before the video was taken, police said today. Mark Lydon, 44, of Eugene, Oregon, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest during halftime at the Pac-12 Championship football game at the stadium, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said. (story continued below video)
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Sometime before Lydon was arrested at about 8 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a report of a person intoxicated and belligerent in the stands who repeatedly disobeyed requests to calm down and refused to cooperate with stadium staff, Clarke said. The suspect resisted officers, was told he was being ejected from the stadium and then allegedly assaulted an officer, according to police.
He then forced himself up a walkway onto the stadium’s concourse area where the person who took the video, which was circulated online, began to record Lydon’s arrest, Clarke said. Lydon then refused to stop and as officers attempted to place him under arrest, he continued to be uncooperative and resistant and another peace officer was assaulted, according to Clarke.
He was finally taken away, suffering from minor injuries, and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail, where he was released pending his arraignment on Jan. 20, police said. On the video, initially posted on social media, a person is heard stating that the suspect “did not do anything” and deriding police about the arrest. The championship college football game, pitting the University of Oregon against the University of Arizona, ended with Oregon winning 51-13.
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