41 arrested in Flagstaff during NAU homecoming events

41 arrested in Flagstaff during NAU homecoming events

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Flagstaff police made 41 arrests during the annual Tequila Sunrise and Northern Arizona University homecoming weekend patrol.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that underage drinking was the most common offense during Saturday‘s bacchanal.

Flagstaff Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says NAU’s decision to move its Homecoming Parade on campus did not stop many people from taking part in the annual 6 a.m. bar crawl.

About a quarter of arrests Saturday were for violent behavior. Other arrests were for obscene conduct, which includes urinating and vomiting in the streets, theft, trespassing, property damage and littering.

Tequila Sunrise has been a divisive event in downtown Flagstaff, with some bars and restaurants embracing the early business, and other criticizing the unruly patrons roaming the streets.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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