An annual spring break street party was held in the sunny southern California beach town of Isla Vista over the weekend, but the party known as “Deltopia” ended with 42 arrests and over a dozen injuries, according to a news release by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The event was held adjacent to the University of California, Santa Barbara campus and attracted roughly 6,000 to 8,000 people at its peak. Although the crowd was larger this year than the year before, crowds generally have been diminishing since 2014. In that year, there was an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people in attendance with 190 citations, 130 arrests and 50 medical transports, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
Although Deltopia was more tame this year than in 2014, unruly college kids still caused trouble for local law enforcement. Preliminary numbers for this year include 68 citations, 42 arrests and 14 medical transports. On Saturday, a 22-year-old female UCSB student fell from a balcony onto the beach below, sustaining injuries that required a medical transport.
Law enforcement broke up about 12 different parties throughout the day due to underage drinking, overcrowding and bottles being thrown from balconies.
“The Sheriff’s Office also wants to extend our gratitude to the students, the many community partners and all of the first responders who have been a part of the continued effort to keep Isla Vista safe,” the news release said.