It was a busy weekend for Merritt RCMP who responded to 72 calls resulting in seven people being incarcerated for various offences.
In total, police responded to ten calls related to Bass Coast but as Staff Sgt. Lorne Wood explained virtually all the calls were in response to people attempting to sneak into the festival.
“I think almost all of those calls were for local people and youth trying to sneak in and getting caught,” said Wood.
A 17-year-old female from Merritt was arrested Saturday night after RCMP received a complaint of a teenage girl refusing to leave the festival grounds.
Merritt RCMP Cpl. Brock Hedrick said the subsequent investigation revealed that the young female had bitten a security guard. She was arrested for assault and turned over to an adult guardian. The youth was released from police custody on a promise to appear and will appear in court in September.
Staff Sgt. Wood added that over the past few years, calls relating to Bass Coast have almost exclusively been about locals attempting to sneak in.
“The organizers of Bass Coast are super organized,``He added. `They (the organizers) always reach out to us to minimize any kind of issues``.
RCMP also report a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning as well as a speeding Ford Mustang on the connector, which was impounded.
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