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Arrests down, fewer calls for service during rally weekend

619 calls for service on rally weekend was down from 753 last year; 86 citations issued matched three-year high

The three-day Hollister Independence Rally wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, July 2, when San Benito Street was reopened to vehicular traffic and the last of the vendors packed up their wares.

The Hollister Police Department on July 3 reported a 35 percent drop in arrests, a 17.8 percent drop in overall calls for service and a nearly 42 percent drop in driving under the influence arrests from the previous year, while the number of citations jumped approximately 23 percent and reported collisions quadrupled to four from one last year.

In addition to the statistics reported by Hollister Police Department, San Benito County Probation officers arrested seven persons in the rally event area for various probation violations. One person was arrested by UNET (United Narcotics Enforcement Team) in the event area for possession of narcotics for sale.  

A press release from the HPD said that "No crimes, incidents, events were reported after 12 midnight in the rally event area all weekend for the third year in a row."

The 619 calls for service on rally weekend this year was down from 753 in 2016 and 891 in 2015. DUI's, which had ranged between 10 and 12 over the past four years, fell to seven this year. The 86 citations issued matched the recent high from two years ago.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.