Vail police arrest 40 over holiday weekend |

Vail police arrest 40 over holiday weekend

Christine Ina Casillas

The Vail Police Department arrested a total of 40 people over the Fourth of July weekend, said Dwight Henninger, Vail police chief.

“In general it went well,” Henninger said. “It definitely was more comfortable for people to walk down the street and not be in the crowds.”

As it has for three years now, Vail conducted a townwide curfew for people age 17 years old and younger in the Vail Village, implementing times from 10:30 p.m., July 4, to 5 a.m., July 5. People 21 years old and older were able to enter into special districts through special entrances.

Vail has conducted the measure since 2001 to reduce holiday crowding in Vail Village on New Year’s Eve and Independence Day, he said.

“Before, we would have 5,000 to 10,000 young folks under 21 who brought alcohol with them around the Village,” he said. “Three years ago, there was a number of broken bones because of crowding. There was a lot of shoes on the street because people who tread on each other, and the shoes would just slip off. There was a lot of injuries.”

More than 35 law-enforcement officers from agencies across the state assisted Vail’s officers, he said.

“We had a lot more officers than normal,” he said.

In all, eight adults and nine juveniles were arrested during the evening and into the early morning over the weekend, compared to 20 arrests from last year’s Fourth of July celebration.

“All it takes is one spark to send the crowd to start breaking windows and rioting,” he said about previous celebrations. “They start hanging on light posts and doing a lot of other crazy stuff.”

Fourth of July arrests

The Vail Police Department records show the following arrests from 7 p.m., July 4, to 5 a.m., July 5:

– One adult for an immigration violation.

– One adult for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

– One adult for larceny.

– One adult for possession of marijuana.

– One adult for an open container.

– One adults for disorderly conduct.

– One adult for obstruction.

– Two adults for failure to appear warrants.

– Six juveniles for possession of alcohol.

– One juvenile for false identification.

– One juvenile for possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.

– One juvenile for possession of alcohol and indecent exposure.

– Five adults were placed in detox.

– Source: Vail Police Department

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at

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