100 July Fourth Revelers Arrested in Newport Beach

The arrests were for disorderly conduct and intoxication, police said

Friday, Jul 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM PDT
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Around 100 July Fourth revelers were arrested in Newport Beach for public intoxication or disorderly conduct, police said Friday.

By 5 a.m. Friday, there had been 98 confirmed arrests, said Newport Beach police Lt. D. Psaros, but “once the final tabulations are done, we expect over 100.”

Psaros said the bulk of the arrests came from the city's west side, an area of apartments and condominiums where large parties are held and large quantities of alcohol consumed.

Huntington Beach also used to have dozens of arrests during the night of July 4, but these have been trending downward, a jail official said.

From midnight July 4 until midnight July 5, there were 22 arrests, most alcohol-related, said Huntington Beach Detention Supervisor Todd Florez.

Between midnight today and 5 a.m., 13 people were booked into the jail for mostly alcohol-related offenses, he said, adding there were 35 July 4 arrests last year and 18 on July 5.

It was the second year the city has allowed Safe and Sane fireworks to be used and purchased, which has reduced fireworks-related violations, Florez said.

Hermosa Beach police enforced a new smoking ban in the Plaza and on the Strand and “was more stringent this year than in years past” in enforcing existing alcohol ordinances, said Sgt. Kevin Averill.

That led to nine arrests from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 22 alleged violators were booked into the jail between 6 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday, Averill said.

“By far, most are alcohol-related, drunk in public,” he said. “There were some fights and a DUI.”

At least two inmates were sent to the Manhattan Beach jail because Hermosa ran out of room, Averill said.

“There were also a lot of citations issued,” he said.
 

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