Compared to last year, reported arrests at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year are down. Police arrested or cited 128 people at the festival during Weekend 2, compared to 106 the previous weekend, bringing the two-weekend total to 234.
Breaking it down, most of the citations and arrests this year were the result of drugs or alcohol (84 arrests or citations), false IDs (35 citations), and intent to sell (two arrests). The reasons for seven other citations were not disclosed.
Arrests and citations during the final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio edged up from the first weekend, though overall, festivalgoers were better behaved than last year, according to police statistics released Tuesday.
Police arrested or cited 128 people at the Empire Polo Grounds between last Friday and Sunday, compared to 106 the previous weekend, bringing the two-weekend total to 234.
In 2017, police arrested or cited 277 festivalgoers, including several people taken into custody for a rash of cell phone thefts,
Police this year mostly dealt with drug or alcohol intoxication, which comprised 84 arrests or citations, while 35 attendees were cited for carrying a false ID and two were busted for possession of drugs for sale. The other seven citations were for undisclosed violations.
According to press release, “Police also handed out 206 traffic citations during the second festival weekend: 108 for ‘various motor vehicle driving violations’ and 98 for unlawfully using a disabled person’s parking placard.
“DMV investigators said they teamed with Indio police to check 1,989 placards and cited 135 concertgoers over both weekends.”
Overall, the weekend featured plenty of highlight moments. See a bunch of them here.