News Flash Home
The original item was published from 5/28/2019 4:01:10 PM to 6/29/2019 12:00:03 AM.

News Flash

Sheriff's Office

Posted on: May 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Memorial Day Weekend 2019 Activity Summary

Coconino County, AZ – The extended weekend encompassing May 24 – May 27 resulted in a number of calls stemming from outdoor activity in Northern Arizona. Area patrols also included increased efforts on off highway vehicle traffic safety.

Calls for Service
During the holiday weekend, deputies responded to approximately 509 calls for service compared to 473 the previous Friday through Monday, which is approximately an 8% increase. In addition, deputies conducted over 450 forest and community patrols and over 140 traffic stops.

Common types of calls deputies responded to included:

  • 6 calls related to fire (i.e. brush fire due to dragging chain, leaky propane valve, vehicle fire, private property trash bin)
  • 19 suspicious activity calls
  • 38 motorist and public assists
  • 23 emergency medical situations
  • 23 disturbing the peace complaints; there were a variety of disturbing the peace calls including music, atvs, and discharging of weapons

Lake Powell: Our deputies in the Page and Lake Powell areas contacted several boaters over the weekend. During the contacts with boaters, deputies not only checked for impaired driving but also checked to make sure the right safety equipment was onboard and accessible.  On May 26 deputies responded to a boat medical call at Antelope Marina. 

Vehicle Collisions: There were several reported off road vehicle collisions.

  • May 25 – Injury accident involving a motorcycle Forest Service Rd/ Forest Service Rd 9010Y one adult injured
  • May 25 – Injury accident involving a motorcycle at Cinder Hills one adult injured
  • May 26 – Serious injury accident involving ATV/quad at Lake Mary Rd and Double Cabin Rd one adult female injured and transported to medical center
  • On May 26 – Non-Injury accident involving a UTV that was rolled at Forest Service Rd 122 and Lake Mary Rd with driver and passenger.  Both adults were transported back to their campsite by a deputy, evaluated by paramedics and cleared. 
  • On May 26 – Injury accident with three vehicles at IR-20 at mile post 29.  Two vehicles went off-road.  Injured victims were transported to Page Hospital.
  • May 27 – Injury accident at Forest Service Rd 474H /Forest Service Rd 9481K involving vehicle on side with one adult and two children
  • Several private property accidents

Traffic / Moving Vehicle Stops: Deputies throughout the county conducted over 140 traffic stops during the height of the weekend, resulting in 29 moving vehicle violation citations (1 boat citation) 25 written warnings, 84 verbal warnings.

Search and Rescue / Overdue Individuals: 
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to several calls for missing or overdue individuals ranging in age from youth to adults. During the initial response of these types of calls, information is gathered regarding the description of the missing person, circumstances, any medical conditions, and what type of food, water, or other equipment they may have with them. Deputies immediately begin to search the area in attempt to locate the persons. Search and Rescue is advised if further resources are needed. Fortunately, of the calls received this weekend, all were resolved within a few hours and the persons returned safely.

  • On May 25 the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a vehicle that attempted to reach Havasu Falls from Topocoba Hilltop when their vehicle became stuck.  There was no cell phone reception and a 19-year-old and 22-year-old left the vehicle to find cell reception, leaving a third adult at the vehicle.  The two individuals were picked up by passerby and all parties were later reunited.
  • On May 25 the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a kayaker that was separated from their party at Antelope Point.  The missing subject was quickly located and transported back the Marina by deputies.
  • On May 27 the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a 22-year-old male that was separated during hiking with his father.  The male was located.

Detention Facility: 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 approximately 111 bookings from May 24 – May 27, 2019 (12 of these were at the Page Facility).

Booking categorizations included, but were not limited, to the following: 4 aggravated assaults, 7 assaults, 7 DUIs, 7 liquor violations, 15 drug offenses, 3 marijuana offenses, 6 disorderly conducts, 1 burglary 2nd degree, 1 forgery, 19 failure to appear / comply / warrant / holds, 17 probation / parole violations, 9 court remands, and 4 criminal damage. Bookings also included but were not limited to misdemeanor charges of: trespass, threatening/intimidating, indecent exposure, endangerment, driving violations, and shoplifting.

The Sheriff’s Office thanks all those individuals and other public safety agencies who assisted with responses during this holiday weekend and in helping to keep our community safe.

# # #

Note: Numbers are best estimates at time of data summary based on field reports from deputies, detention, and dispatch information.

Facebook Twitter Email