LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Oktoberfest weekend is always busy for law enforcement.
While a tally of total arrests, underage drinking citations, and theft and vandalism reports are not available yet, police have confirmed people flipped over three cars this weekend.
As of Monday, no arrests have been made.
All three turnovers happened late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, within a three-hour time period.
Craig's Towing towed all three cars.
Tow truck driver JT Gantenbein said the phone was ringing off the hook all weekend. But he didn't expect so much vandalism.
"You go out there and see your car flipped over on its roof, I couldn't imagine coming to my vehicle and seeing that," Gantenbein said.
Craig's Towing responds to about 15 calls a year where a car is flipped over, according to Gantenbein. This weekend alone, he responded to three.
"It was crazy. I've never seen nothing like that," he said.
The first police call came in sometime around 11 p.m. People flipped a vehicle over at 10th and Main Streets.
The owner of the car, who didn't want to give his name, is a UW-L alum, visiting friends Oktoberfest weekend.
"It's unfortunate. As much as you love La Crosse, these things happen," he said.
He came home that night to find his car on its side.
"We will wait to see what the cops say. Hopefully the police enforcement can find something."
About 40 minutes later, a red 1995 Saturn was flipped on the 300 block of 11th St. N.
According to a police report, witnesses said a group of males wearing red baseball jerseys were involved.
Then at 1:38 a.m., police responded to a yellow 2004 Chevy Cavalier turned over. According to a police report, witnesses say a group of males in red and white tank tops were involved.
When police got a call about a flipped vehicle, they called Craig's Towing.
Gantenbein said police calls took top priority throughout the weekend.
"They're number one on this list. We have to get them cleaned up as quickly as possible to traffic can keep flowing, he said."
Gantenbein compared the ton of business coming in Oktoberfest weekend to the kind he'd expect in December.
"It's right up there with a good snow storm," he said.
Police reports say some other cars were keyed this weekend, and a moped was flipped over.
News 19 reached out to the La Crosse Police Department for comment, they said they have no further information at this time.
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