According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, an annual spring break party known as Deltopia led to 40 arrests, 14 injuries, and 68 underage drinking citations.
The unsanctioned University of California event also led to several officers being injured, including one deputy suffering from a broken hand after struggling to arrest a 19-year-old man with an open container. Quick pro tip for police officers: if you don’t want to unnecessarily put your officers in harm’s way, don’t bust a bunch of college kids balls over some alcohol. Might help.
Via LA Times:
Known as Deltopia, the raucous street party held Saturday is popular among the mostly UC Santa Barbara students who live in the seaside enclave of Isla Vista, adjacent to the campus.
This year, police broke up about a dozen large gatherings in Isla Vista, tended to a 22-year-old woman who fell from a balcony, and arrested a teen who barricaded himself in a home for a half hour, according to Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities had seen the barricaded suspect, Arod Rahim, 19, about 2 p.m. with what appeared to be an open container, but he resisted arrest, causing a sheriff’s deputy to fall and suffer a broken hand, Hoover said.
The 19-year-old involved in the officer’s injury, Arod Rahim, is a 19-year-old UCSB student. He resisted the officer’s arrest and then barricaded himself inside of a home.
Three other Los Angeles men were arrested on charges of battery and battery with bodily injuries as well. The men arrested were Kyle Deville, 23, of Lancaster, Kameron Ramsey, 21, of Palmdale, and Antuan Malone, 26, of Pacoima.
Furthermore, a 22-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after falling off a balcony at Deltopia.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover, anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 people attended the event in Isla Vista on Saturday, April 8.