Coachella Festival’s Second Weekend Brings More Arrests, Citations

City News Service

INDIO (CNS) – The second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts
Festival came with another increase in arrest numbers, police said today.

According to statistics released by the Indio Police Department,
arrests increased by 36% and citations increased 81%, when compared to the
second weekend of 2019 Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The festival was
canceled the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first weekend of 2022, there was a 13% increase in arrests and
a 41% increase in citations compared to the 2019.

When comparing the second weekend to the first weekend of 2022, there
was an increase of about 19% in arrests and 26% in citations — accumulating to
a total of 245 arrests and 163 citations for the two weekends combined.

Police reported a total of 133 arrests this past weekend, the majority
of them for public intoxication, and a total of 91 citations were issued,
mostly for unlawful use of a handicap-parking placard.

Other arrests made this past weekend included 17 for alleged use of
false identification, five for possession of drugs for sale and five
unidentified arrests. There were also 91 citations issued for unlawful use of a
disabled person placard, four for parking in handicap parking and one for an
unregistered vehicle.

Indio police urged anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact the
Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers line at 760-341-STOP (7867) or call 911 in
emergencies.

Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.

CNS-04-25-2022 15:06

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