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Coconino County, AZ – The Memorial Day weekend recreation activities and the influx of many visitors to Northern Arizona forests and neighborhoods resulted in numerous calls stemming from off-road vehicle traffic, disturbing the peace, emergency medical situations, motorist and public assists, discharging of weapons/target shooting, fire related reports, and multiple attempt to locate and assist other agency requests.
Deputies made well over 100 contacts with off road vehicle drivers throughout Coconino County both in response to incidents such accidents, disturbing the peace reports, and for proactive educational reasons. In addition to off-road vehicle accidents, two accidents were reported involving vehicle collisions with deer/elk on the roadways. Deputies in the Page area made over a dozen contacts with boaters on Lake Powell.
Deputies throughout the county conducted 87 traffic stops during the height of the weekend, resulting in 21 citations / reports, 14 written warnings, 40 repair orders, two DUI arrests, two drug arrests, and the arrest of an individual on an outstanding felony warrant.
Other arrests over the weekend included three individuals for separate incidents of aggravated assault, one of these also being for prohibited possession of firearms.
During the weekend the Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate drowning reports and eight different search and rescue events. Several other search and rescue calls were handled as well but self-resolved or fell under the jurisdiction of other agencies.
Search and Rescue events included two investigative search assists for Yavapai County; call out for two 10-year-olds and a 12-year old missing from a campsite off of SR89A (after several hours they returned to safely to camp); call out for missing child at Bear Canyon Lake; family of five rescued from Big Sink outside of Page, AZ when their vehicle broke down; 26 year-old female lost while driving Stoneman Lake Rd; 24 year old male needing medical assistance after hiking most of Humphrey’s Peak trail; and an overdue adult female, her adult son and juvenile daughter who were over due from hiking Humphrey’s Peak (they later reported to a family member they were not in need of assistance). Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to several calls involving lost/found horses.
The Coconino County Detention Facility Flagstaff Facility which receives arrested persons from Coconino Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Police Department, Northern Arizona University Police, Williams Police, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety processed over 100 bookings from noon on May 26, 2017 through midnight May 29, 2017. Bookings included two DUI’s (individuals under age 21), 12 DUI’s (individuals over age 21); six alcohol related bookings, five domestic violence related bookings, 29 other felony bookings and 54 other misdemeanor bookings. The Coconino County Detention Facility in Page processed 8 bookings.
The Sheriff’s Office thanks all those individuals and other public safety agencies who assisted with responses during this holiday weekend.