Riverbend arrests down from last year
This year's Riverbend festival resulted in far fewer arrests than last year.
The Chattanooga Police Department reports five people were arrested over the eight day festival. Two people were charged with drinking under age. One person was arrested on a warrant and two others were arrested for violating the sex offender registry.
In 2014, a total of 23 people were arrested at Riverbend. Four were arrested for violating the sex offender registry, 13 were arrested for drinking under age and four were picked up on public intoxication charges. One person was charged with having a prohibited weapon and another person faced an assault charge.
Law enforcement arrested seven people during the festival in 2013.
Police credit the drop in numbers to more patrol.
“Increased presence and the way in which officers are being deployed can make a drastic difference,” said Kyle Miller, spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department.