Volunteers cleanup Crystal Beach after Go Topless Jeep Weekend

Additional than 30 individuals had been hurt during the celebration, and far more than 150 arrests had been created.

BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas — Throughout Go Topless Jeep Weekend, 184 arrests had been created, 194 misdemeanor charges were being submitted, 18 felony expenses were being submitted and trash was remaining on Crystal Seashore.

“This weekend was worse than what we have viewed in the past,” Captain Mark McGaffey with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned. “It was an unruly group.”

Go Topless Jeep Weekend is a weekend on the Bolivar Peninsula that is well recognised for the enjoyable and difficulty is typically delivers.

Far more than 30 individuals were being hurt through the celebration. Eight people today ended up flown to a healthcare facility, including a Galveston County deputy who was hit by a suspected drunk driver and endured two broken legs, an arm personal injury and a head damage. 

In addition to the arrests and injuries, beachgoers also experienced to deal with the trash remaining powering. Capt. McGaffey explained it was typically location volunteers who served thoroughly clean the seaside on Sunday and Monday.

Trash was taken off the seaside and set into trash bags. 

“We noticed a whole lot of individuals selecting up soon after the full celebration,” Belem Mendoza, beachgoer, stated. “It’s kind of unfortunate however, that persons appear right here to love the seashore and they just go away a complete mess.”

Mendoza and her family drove from San Antonio for a weekend at the beach. They experienced no notion what awaited them.

“It was really packed,” Mendoza claimed. “People everywhere.”

These who are living on the Peninsula claimed the trash left driving was not everything new and that trash is still left guiding for the duration of other beach functions as nicely. 

“We picked up a couple of points, but you know, it happens even when we have other situations down right here,” Penny Glaesman, Bolivar Peninsula resident, stated.

Glaesman and her partner have lived on the Bolivar Peninsula for 5 decades and adore jeep weekend. Nonetheless, they know not everyone feels that way.

“It’s in all probability these that have been below longer than our five a long time,” Glaesman claimed. “You know, they’re just looking at their Peninsula transform. It truly is not the identical Peninsula.”

Capt. McGaffey claimed the tricky component about regulating an occasion like topless is that legislation enforcement just can’t hold men and women off a public seaside.

“Something may modify later on,” Capt. McGaffey said. “But at this place, you can find all we can do is take care of it and try to regulate.”

The suspected drunk driver who hit the deputy is facing felony prices.

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