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