Area law enforcement made over 30 arrests and issued over 200 citations in Fulton County over the Memorial Day weekend. Most of the arrests and citations involved alcohol, according to authorities.
The total included 34 arrests and citations being made by county deputies, 118 arrests and citations by the Arkansas State Police and 57 arrests and citations by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from May 25 to May 29.
None of the arrests made were felony arrests according to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger.
A total of 28 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, while one was arrested for driving under the influence. Five were cited for public intoxication, and eight were cited for public drinking. Five minor in possession of alcohol citations were issued, as well as one arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
There were also nine arrests for possession of a controlled substance made by county deputies and state police. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission made 13 arrests by summons for possession of marijuana.
Dillinger said 38 suspects were taken to the Fulton County Jail, 32 of whom posted bond that night. He said the county collected $4,860 in fines and bonds over the weekend. Of the prisoners who did not post bond, one, a female, was sent to Izard County Detention Facility.
Dillinger said those arrested went into the jail through the exercise yard where they took a breathalyzer test in the downstairs of the jail. After that they either went to see a bondsman or went to lockup. He said the jail had approximately 15 people locked up at one time. He said some people came all the way from Memphis to bring money to post bond for prisoners.
"It was as smooth as it could be," Dillinger said. He said this Memorial Day weekend went by without any major incidents and nobody caused problems after being arrested. Chief Deputy James Laney said most of the arrests went easily, without anyone resisting. He said most of the arrests were people trying to go back out on the roads, usually to head to Missouri to buy alcohol.
Dillinger said the Spring River was the hot spot of activity but was not nearly as bad this year as it had been on other years. "The campgrounds took better care of things," he said. "That's the only thing we wanted the whole time, for them to help us."
Dillinger said all Fulton County deputies were on duty over the weekend, many of them working at least 12-hour shifts.
Dillinger said the next weekend expected to keep deputies busy is the 4th of July weekend.