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By Lillian Palmer
Staff Writer 

Flaming Gorge Days arrests down in 2015

 


The hustle and bustle of Flaming Gorge Days is over. With the completion of the annual festivities comes the aftermath or lack of one, according to Green River Police Department Det. Luke Benson.

“I think overall, it was a good weekend,” Benson said.

In total, there were seven arrests over the weekend; two DUI arrests, four public intoxication arrests, and one underage consumption arrest, which also involved interference with a police officer.

“It was a pretty safe and smooth weekend,” Benson said. “I want to thank the community for helping to make it a fun and safe weekend.”

Although the number of citations stayed consistent with last years numbers, 11 this year to 12 last year, the number of arrests over the Flaming Gorge Days weekend went down this year, compared to last year’s. Last year’s arrests included seven public intoxications, three warrant arrests, one DUI, and one for malicious mischief (vandalism).

“The (arrests) number was lower this year than years past,” Benson said. “I think the community wanted to just come out and have a family-fun weekend and helped us have a smooth weekend in the community as well.”

Other factors contributing to the success of the weekend could be the number of officers on duty. Most of the officers were working at the events over the weekend. The GRPD, Sweetwater County Sheriffs Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and the Cheyenne Police Department were all involved in helping to make the weekend a safe experience. The Cheyenne Police Department granted the use of their DUI command vehicle. The command vehicle allows officers to test alcohol blood levels accurately on-sight. Information was released prior to the weekend events, notifying the public of the use the vehicle.

“We all worked together to have a fun, smooth enjoyable weekend,” Benson said.

 

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