Between the time frame beginning at 6:00 pm Thursday, July 3 and ending at midnight on Sunday, July 7, 2013 Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to approximately 408 Calls for Service from citizens as well as conducting over 533 officer initiated activity such as area patrols, business checks, traffic stops, and other public contacts. A total of 84 departmental reports were taken on the weekend activity.
Calls for Service included over 35 reports of fires campfires or other suspected violations of the ban on open fires, 7 reports of fireworks violations, 15 reports of lightning strikes or wild land fires, and 8 calls for gun shots. Calls for service also included approximately 45 disturbing the peace related issues and approximately 20 family/domestic related issues. Deputies performed over 46 public and motorists’ assists and responded to 20 medical related calls.
Sheriff’s Deputies responded to six vehicle collisions or accidents, two injury accidents related to off highway vehicle driving (one in the Mormon Lake area and one in the Merriam Crater area). Deputies responded to approximately 20 Calls for Service involving OHV for various reasons including traffic violations and disturbing the peace issues. The Sheriff’s Office and CERT members also staffed an informational booth for OHV Safety in the Pinewood / Munds Park area over the weekend.
In addition to numerous area patrols and business checks, Deputies conducted 119 Traffic Stops throughout the weekend resulting in at least 7 DUI arrests. Our Boat Patrol contacted over 160 boaters on Lake Powell to provide education regarding safe boating activities. Two Title 5 Boat Citations were issued for violations over the weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office also responded to several Search and Rescue (SAR) calls for exhausted hikers, overdue hikers and separated hiking parties throughout the county (including in Page, Tusayan, Happy Jack, and Marshall Lake). The majority of these were resolved before requiring a full SAR Unit call out. In addition to the hiking incidents, SAR members prepared to assist for a technical rescue of the victims involved in the Merriam Crater accident mentioned above.