80 people arrested at Stagecoach this weekend

Eighty people were arrested for alcohol-related violations during the sold-out Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, a police spokesman said today.

Minors caught either trying to buy beer, or were in possession of it, were the majority of those arrested. Saturday’s arrest totals doubled from last year’s second-day festival tally of 40, Indio Police Department spokesman Ben Guitron said.

Stagecoach, now in its seventh year and playing at Empire Polo Club, started Friday and will end today. Jason Aldean, Eric Church and the Lynyrd Skynyrd were among the featured acts.

Mostly, the day-long event went without a hitch, and there were no major traffic mishaps reported, Guitron beamed.

“Overall, we didn’t have anything,” Guitron said Saturday. “Traffic was awesome.”

Making things even better for law enforcement was how patrons returned to their lodgings in an orderly fashion. They either took a bus, walked or drove while exiting the Empire Polo Club in more than an hour after Saturday’s festivities ended, Guitron said.

Even the weather cooperated.

“There were some winds but the weather was good,” Guitron said. “It thought it was great.”

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