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Update: One Person Arrested Related to Reser Stadium Field Burning Incident; Investigation Continuing
12/08/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers have identifed a person who was the subject of an investigation into damage to Oregon State University's Reser Stadium football field artificial turf following Saturday's football game.  Quickly following Tuesday afternoon's news release with a Portland Tribune photograph showing an unidentified male holding a burning shirt amongst a large group of people on the field, OSP received over 50 tips. Included amongst those tips were several emails linking to a YouTube video depicting the start of the incident that eventually led to burn damage on a section of the artificial turf.
 
Working throughout the evening, investigating troopers identified the male in the photograph holding the burning shirt into the air. On December 7, 2010 at approximately 9:25 p.m. OSP troopers contacted that person identified as JOSHUA DAVID BRITTON, age 20, at a Eugene-area apartment. BRITTON, a Beaverton resident who is a junior at the University of Oregon, was subsequently arrested and transported to the Benton County Correctional Facility in Corvallis. He was booked and later released pending an appearance in Benton County Circuit Court on January 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Charges that will be forwarded to the Benton County District Attorney's Office Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Reckless Burning.
 
Any witnesses not identified to help determine the chain of events on the field during this investigation are asked to call Senior Trooper Orly Johnson at (541) 737-3010.