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More arrests and citations at Deltopia this year; fewer medical transports

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 08, 2019

More people attended the unsanctioned street party in Isla Vista known as Deltopia this year, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

As many as 15,000 people showed up. That’s more than the estimated 10,000 people that were there last year.

Thirty-eight people were arrested and officers handed out 94 citations. Nineteen people had to be taken to the hospital, all for problems related to alcohol and/or drug consumption, according to the sheriff’s office.

In one case, sheriff’s officials say a young woman slipped off a rock and hit her head. In another case, a young woman fell off a cliff in the 6800 block of Del Playa Dr. during a domestic dispute. Sheriff’s officials believe alcohol was a factor in both cases. They say neither of the women appeared to have life-threatening injuries.

Officers and deputies reportedly broke up about ten large parties but say the crowds dwindled after 6 p.m. when many students left Isla Vista to attend a concert at U.C. Santa Barbara.

In 2018, there were 25 arrests, 56 citations, and 25 medical transports.

The largest crowd to attend the event was in 2014, when the sheriff’s office estimated as many as 25,000 people.

Deltopia 2019 (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)