A fight between members of rival youth groups sent lawmen from several jurisdictions to the campus of the Clearfield Job Corps Center Saturday. Three people were taken into custody and a crowd dispersed.

Nearly 30 police cruisers from Clearfield, Layton and neighboring cities raced onto the Clearfield campus at about 10:30 p.m. with lights and sirens wailing.Police later called for additional backup, including police dogs.

"There's a big fight going on, that's all I know," a security officer at the gate of the Antelope Drive entrance to the center told a reporter. "I can't let anyone back there."

Davis County Sheriff Glenn Clary said he was advised at 10:45 p.m. that "a couple hundred kids were causing some problems at the Job Corps."

Clearfield Lt. Steve Hill said in a news release issued Sunday that the fight involved about five people surrounded by a large crowd. He said three adult men were taken into custody for investigation of assault and disorderly conduct.

"Thanks to the volume and quickness of response, the situation was defused before it had time to escalate," Hill said.

Clary said Clearfield had asked for assistance from other agencies to handle what appeared to be "a semi-riot type thing" that had started during a large gathering of corpsmen in an auditorium.

Two corpsmen who said they witnessed the fight ran from the campus just before 10:30 p.m., saying they wanted to get away from the trouble to avoid being caught up in it.

"There's a huge fight in there, man," said one student.