Disney star Kelli Berglund among those arrested at Coachella as fake IDs bump up numbers
During the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, 128 people were arrested a 38 percent increase from last year.
But the number of arrests isn out of the ordinary for the festival, Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall said. Police expect 120 to 150 people to be arrested during the first weekend. They are chalking up this year increase to more people getting arrested for using fake IDs to buy alcohol. Over the weekend, 46 people were arrested on that charge, up 130 percent from last year.
One person who was arrested on suspicion of possessing a fake ID to purchase alcohol was 20 year old Disney star Kelli Berglund. The Moorpark native known for her role as Bree Davenport on Rats and Rats: Elite Force was arrested Friday night.
But like the 119 other people to be arrested on misdemeanor charges, Berglund wasn booked into jail, Marshall said. In an effort to prevent jail overcrowding, police had fingerprint taking equipment and cameras at the festival to process the arrests. The arrestees were issued a citation and released back to the festival.
Additionally, buy fake ids 16 people were arrested for public intoxication. Fifty seven people were arrested on drug charges, 8 of which were felonies.
Two people were arrested on outstanding warrants, five were arrested for resisting or obstructing a peace officer, one was arrested for trespassing and another was arrested for violating a vehicle code.
The second weekend of the festival usually results in more arrests than the first, Marshall said. The total number of arrests made over the weekend were less than last year second weekend.
hard to say what normal because each weekend has its own nuances, Marshall said. definitly a different crowd each weekend. year Stagecoach Festival an outdoor country music festival that takes place the weekend after Coachella also garnered more arrests than the first weekend of Coachella 2016.
Highland woman Michala Freeland, 18, who was attending the festival was struck by a car and killed Friday night as she crossed the street near the festival grounds.
Other than Freeland death, Marshall said, security measures carried out as planned. fake id
death) is definitely a human tragedy that affected a lot of people, so we can say it was a total success, Marshall said.
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