More Than 200 People Arrested At Texas Jeep Weekend Event
It was a rowdy weekend along the gulf coast during an event called the Jeep weekend event at Crystal Beach. According to CNN, the event isn't an official event. Instead people find out about the event each year and gather, and well, party.
The event brings together Jeep and automobile enthusiasts, along with music and yes, alcohol. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office that they had been preparing for the event for months in advance. And the planning paid off. Last year according to CNN, things got so out of hand an officer was hit by a car directing traffic and suffered a broken arm and both legs were broken.
This year about 230 people were arrested with more than 200 charges alone on Saturday. Public drunkenness and disorderly conduct were the leading charges. According to CNN, more than 120 law enforcement officers were on hand Thursday through Sunday for the event which used to be only attended by Jeep fans, but has expanded in recent years.
The yearly event started out as a gathering solely for Jeep fans, but that changed over the last several years as the event increasingly drew crowds who weren’t Jeep enthusiasts, Nolen said.
Official Jeep clubs and fans began to pull away from the Crystal Beach area, located along Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula that borders the Gulf of Mexico, to meet elsewhere in the state, Nolen said – but that hasn’t stopped others from coming into the area.
Nolen told CNN emergency crews responded to approximately 65 service calls on Crystal Beach in connection with the Jeep event.
As of Sunday, 40 people had been taken to the hospital since the event started on Thursday.