‘Zero tolerance’ of open containers at city’s most popular event
According to Eureka Police Department sergeant Patrick O’Neill, Arts Alive! is a nuisance to be cracked down on.
Late last night, EPD put out word that a new policy would be inflicted on the city’s most successful public arts and music event, held the first Saturday of every month in Old Town — and the impetus was a couple of juvenile delinquents who were caught in an intoxicated state.
At about 8:38 p.m. last night, the cops were sweeping the Boardwalk when they came upon several juveniles, two of whom were taken into custody due to their apparent intoxication and possession of booze and pot. They were taken to EPD and cited before being released to related adults.
EPD claims there are rising complaints of such ‘nuisance complaints’ during Arts Alive! including vandalism and physical fights. Although they didn’t point to any direct evidence of this from prior events, the police claim that a single fight broken up Saturday night justified this characterization. At about 9:07 p.m., cops once more on the Boardwalk found several subjects brawling in front of a crowd of about 20 spectators — with zero arrests made.
“In an attempt to curb this increasing problem, the Eureka Police Department will be continuing its enforcement efforts and also taking a zero tolerance stance for alcohol related offences [sic] (open containers, possession of alcohol by juveniles, public intoxication, etc),” O’Neill stated in a release.
EPD also made sure to note that parents ought to know where their children are, what they’re doing, and why they shouldn’t drink.