Police arrest UO junior for shirt burning incident

Police arrest UO junior for shirt burning incident
Recognize anybody in this photograph? Police would like to talk to you. Are you in this photo holding a camera? Police would like to see your photos and video. (Photo courtesy The Portland Tribune)

EUGENE, Ore. - A University of Oregon junior from Beaverton faces charges after tips from the public led investigators to identify him as the man shown in a photograph holding a burning shirt in the air after the Oregon Civil War game Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Investigators said the burning shirt later damaged the artificial turf. | See photos of the damage

Police arrested Joshua David Britton, 20, of Beaverton at his Eugene-area apartment Tuesday night.

Oregon State Police received over 50 tips after distributing a Portland Tribune photograph showing an unidentified man holding a burning shirt amongst a large group of people on the field after Oregon's win over Oregon State in the long-running rivalry.

The win clinched Oregon's first-ever trip to the BCS national championship game.

The tips included a link to a YouTube video showing the start of the incident, police said.

Investigators worked throughout the evening following up on tips and contacted Britton around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday.

Police took Britton into custody and booked him into the Benton County Correctional Facility in Corvallis. He was released pending an appearance in Benton County Circuit Court on Jan. 6, 2011 at 1 p.m. 

Police said they will forward multiple charges to the Benton County District Attorney's Office for consideration:

  • Riot (Class C felony)
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (Class A misdemeanor)
  • Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree (Class B misdemeanor)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (Class A misdemeanor)
  • Reckless Burning (Class A misdemeanor)

Police asked that any witnesses who can help determine the chain of events on the field during this investigation are asked to call Senior Trooper Orly Johnson at (541) 737-3010.