In what local authorities are calling perhaps the most law-abiding Fiesta ever, the annual early August debauchery came and went last week with relatively little police action. Beefed-up patrols by S.B. city cops and the County Sheriff’s Department, coupled with high-wattage street lights and frequent road blocks, resulted in almost half as many arrests and citations as last year’s Fiesta. All told, 292 citations were given for misdemeanor infractions like open alcohol containers and peeing in public, and 172 traffic and parking tickets were written. There were 32 felony arrests stemming from assaults, drug possession, and/or firearm violations. The one category of crime that did see a spike this year was drunk driving, with 14 people arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Additionally, local cops were happy to report that “formal” contact was made with 92 known local gang members as part of ongoing policing activities.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 10, 2006
Updated 2:09 p.m., September 14, 2006
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