Medical transports increase from last year as thousands attend Deltopia

Posted at 7:37 PM, Apr 08, 2018

Deltopia, an unsanctioned Spring Break party, brings thousands of college-aged people to the community of Isla Vista.

This year, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office estimates about 10,000 people attended Deltopia, which is an increase from the 2017 crowd of 6,000 to 8,000.

The peak of attendance was in 2014 when 20,000 to 25,000 attended.

This year, authorities estimate they made about 56 citations, 25 arrests, and made 25 medical transports.

The preliminary statistics come from both the Sheriff’s Office and University of California Police Department. An exact breakdown is not yet available.

The number of arrests and citations decreased from the previous year while the number of medical transports increased from 14 in 2017.

All 25 medical transports, according to the Sheriff’s Office, were due to alcohol or drug consumption.

In one case, paramedics utilized Narcan on someone who was suffering from an opioid-related overdose.

A partygoer also fell off a balcony on Del Playa Dr. but did not suffer serious injuries.

Deputies confiscated two handguns early Saturday morning after they received a report of a stolen backpack during a fight.

It was later reported that 23-year-old Briton Barge of Island Vista brandished a firearm at two people while he was searching for his backpack. Deputies later arrested Barge and recovered his .40 caliber pistol and ammunition.

Deputies also arrested 24-year-old Tristan Gilford of Santa Maria after he was found to have a .25 pistol concealed in his vehicle during a traffic stop. Gilford was arrested for carrying the concealed firearm in his vehicle, driving on a suspended license, and for having an open container of alcohol and an open container of marijuana in his car.

Sheriff’s deputies and UCPD Police broke up several large parties and responded to a number of fights.

Crowds apparently dwindled after the Outdoor Festival Ordinance went into effect at 6 p.m.