Arrests dropping during all three festival weekends for Coachella and Stagecoach.
Police made a total of 171 arrests over two Coachella weekends, down from 235 last year. They made 124 arrests during Stagecoach, down from 174 last year. During all three weekends, the majority on alcohol- and drug-related charges — and, most popularly, underage drinking.
More than 80,000 people paid for entrance into the sold-out Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival each weekend. An estimated 45,000 people paid to get into Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Law enforcement from across Southern California are tapped to be on the grounds — including the four police departments in the valley (Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Palm Springs) and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Here’s the recap of arrest numbers, from Indio police:
According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, Goldenvoice, the force behind both Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, is planning a similar festival in Orange County.
The concert, which is planned for Orange County Great Park in Irvine, would have one big difference: No booze.
That move may be necessary in order to placate the more conservative political establishment in the upscale county.
Would you go to an alcohol-free, Coachella-esque festival in O.C.?
No surprise here: Alcohol-related arrests spike at Stagecoach Festival after night falls.
Here are the totals so far, though:
Saturday, as of 6 p.m.: 16
“That’s normally what it’s been the last coule of years for Stagecoach, and it picks up later in the night,” Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron said.
Almost all arrests have been for alcohol-related incidents. A few were for drug-related offenses.
What would Coachella be without arrests for alcohol and drugs?
Indio police have arrested 23 people so far today, down from a total of 39 during the festival last Friday.
“I think the heat kept them away,” Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron told us just a few minutes ago.
To recap earlier arrest and citation totals from the festival:
Friday, April 13: 39
Saturday, April 14: 60
Sunday, April 15: 35
First weekend total: 134 (one assault, one stabbing; the rest were alcohol and drugs)
As of almost 7 p.m. today, only eight arrests for alcohol and drug related incidents according to Indio police officials.
“It’s warm, there’s a lot of people, but everything seems go be working as best as it can,” said Ben Guitron, spokesman for the Indio Police Department.