The Party’s Over: Weary Youths Head Home From Spring Break In Palm Springs
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Weary spring break revelers headed home Sunday after more than a week of partying that landed some in the hospital, hundreds in jail and included more than a thousand arrests.
″Everybody’s checked out in the first few hours or so. They had three or four days of partying and they’re pretty bushed,″ said Erich Langmann, owner of the Travelodge hotel. ″The place looks like a ghost town.″
Police made 1,348 arrests since the festivities began April 6, said police Lt. Lee Weigle. He said 719 people were booked into jail, including 457 accused of being drunk in public.
More than 6,100 citations also were issued charging violations ranging from having open alcohol containers in public to breaking noise limits.
Hundreds of visitors were treated at Desert Hospital of Palm Springs for injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to broken limbs, nursing supervisor Jan Taylor said.
One man, Paul Williams, 20, of Thousand Oaks, was in serious condition today at the hospital. He was one of two men who were struck by a Jeep early Saturday as they crossed a street, Weigle said. The other man was treated for minor injuries and released.
The driver, James Dalton, 34, of Rowland Heights, was arrested for investigation of felony drunk driving, Weigle said.
During the week-long invasion, the town swelled with an estimated 60,000 visitors. They cruised the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive and left it littered with soda cans, beer bottles and other trash.
As the revelry subsided, police ended 12-hour shifts that cost the city $350,000 in overtime, Weigle said. Police began stepping up security measures after a spring-break riot in 1986, when some students went on a rampage, harassing motorists, pulling clothing off women and hurling bottles and rocks at police.