132 arrested in Newport-Mesa over holiday

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Police made 132 Fourth of July-related arrests in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday.

Newport Beach police arrested 123 revelers between Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The arrests were largely related to alcohol and parties, although specifics were not immediately available, police said.

This year’s arrest total was similar to those of the past few years. Newport Beach made 119 arrests last year, according to Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.


In Newport Beach there were 943 events logged from midnight on the Fourth of July to 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to Newport Beach Police Lt. Jon Lewis. Those events include self-initiated police activity and citizen calls for service, Lewis said. A more specific breakdown was not available.

At least one citation was issued under the Loud and Unruly Gathering ordinance in Newport Beach, although the final tally wasn’t in.

Newport, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Irvine Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit, had 200 safety personnel on patrol Thursday,, Manzella said.

Costa Mesa police said they arrested nine people from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday — four for impaired driving, one for drug possession, one for being drunk in public, one for an arrest warrant, one for an arsonist failing to register with the Police Department and one for a fireworks-related citation.

The Costa Mesa Police Department deployed 14 to 26 officers throughout the city on the Fourth of July, police said.

Costa Mesa authorities received 224 fireworks calls, and officers were dispatched to 40, police said.

Authorities received 47 calls in Costa Mesa related to disturbances or fights that were handled by officers, police said.