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Man who ran onto PNC Park field during 'Pierogy Race' cited

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Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:33 p.m.
 

The Pirates said PNC Park security responded correctly when a half-dressed man ran across the field during Wednesday night's game, and they won't make any changes because of it.

Luke Emory Oyler, 29, of Chambersburg was charged with defiant trespass, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Videos posted on social media showed a man stripping off his shirt and dodging park staff as he ran across the outfield and onto the warning track during the traditional “Pierogy Race” between the fifth and sixth innings. He then vaulted a railing into a gated area near right field, where a staff member tackled and held him until police took him into custody.

Oyler could not be reached for comment, but Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said he got onto the field by hopping over a railing in left field.

PNC Park personnel use security cameras to watch fans close to the field, Warecki said.

“We have guards positioned where they need to be, where they can be,” he said.

The last such incident at PNC Park was during the National League Division Series last season, when two men ran onto the field after Game 3 and were tackled by security. Warecki said that, on average, about one fan every season runs onto the field.

“It's actually pretty rare,” he said.

Staff followed proper procedures in chasing down Oyler and funneling him toward where he could be caught, Warecki said. He was then taken to PNC Park's security office.

Oyler could be banned from the park, Warecki said.

“The individual now faces court proceedings and subsequent penalties, including the possibility of being banned from the ballpark by the court,” Warecki said.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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