Apr 6, 2014 12:53 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News
Deputies and officers in Isla Vista were injured and more than a dozen people were arrested after a major disturbance broke out at the spring break party known as Deltopia Saturday night, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office says the disturbance started after an arrest around 9:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive when a UCSB police officer was hit in the head with a backpack full of alcohol bottles.
Officials say an unlawful assembly was declared after a large crowd gathered and people in several blocks threw items such as rocks, bricks, and bottles at law enforcement in the area. They say the incident then escalated "into a major disturbance, emergency situation" and other agencies from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were called in to assist the sheriff's office.
During the incident, officials say stop signs were ripped up, small fires were lit, and property, including several law enforcement vehicles, was damaged.
While deputies worked for hours to disperse the crowds and restore order by using chemical agents and other tactics, at least five more deputies were injured, according to the sheriff's office, which says two of the deputies were hit in the hand with bottles and another was hit in the face with a brick.
During Saturday night's disturbance, the sheriff's office says around 26 people were taken to the hospital and around 18 were arrested.
In total, the sheriff's office says approximately 15,000 people attended the all-day event on the streets of Isla Vista, where more than 100 were arrested and at least 44 were taken to the hospital.
Beaches in the area were closed Saturday and will remain closed Sunday in an attempt to deter people from parting on the beach, which happened a few years ago during "Floatopia."
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