H2O International a two-day VW/Audi rally fills Ocean City with import cars.
Ocean City officials are condemning the “appalling behavior” of visitors who flocked to the resort town over the weekend for the canceled H2Oi event.
In a Monday statement, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro acknowledged that there were a handful of people who showed up simply to enjoy the weekend, but said many of the visitors had been “unruly.”
“Unfortunately, it was the vast majority of the participants that quickly ruined it for everyone, with unruly behavior and zero respect for our laws and property,” he said. “The isolated incidents of violence combined with heavy traffic, litter, rude behavior and negligent driving cast a very negative view over the whole weekend.”
Each year, H2Oi, an unsanctioned event, brings people to Ocean City to showcase heavily modified Audis and Volkswagens. About two weeks ago, the organizer announced that this year’s event would be postponed until 2018 because of changes in venue.
However, drivers still showed up in full force beginning Thursday, and officials had been preparing for them by bringing in allied law enforcement.
Police department statistics show law enforcement responded to more than 2,700 calls for service, conducted more than 1,200 traffic stops and made 78 total arrests over Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The majority of the activity took place Saturday, with more than a 1,000 calls for service and 36 total arrests that day, including four drug arrests and six weapons arrests.
“It was very discouraging, to say the least, to see the amount of destruction to our town and the appalling behavior of many visitors,” Buzzuro said in his statement.
Police statistics show that this year’s…