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Police: Felony arrests fall on Electric Daisy Carnival’s final night

Metro police say five arrested for narcotics on music festival’s final night


Steve Marcus

Tina Venegas, left, and Tyra Ward dance to the music of Swedish House Mafia during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday June 26, 2011.

Updated Monday, June 27, 2011 | 11:12 a.m.

2011 EDC: Night 3

A performer takes flight during DJ Avicii's set at the final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Electric Daisy Carnival Day 3

Confetti falls on the audience as Swedish House Mafia  begins their set at the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday June 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The downward crime trend at the Electric Daisy Carnival continued during the music festival's third and final night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, according to law enforcement officials.

From 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. today, Metro Police made six felony arrests — five for narcotics and one for auto burglary, authorities said. That's down from the 12 and nine felony arrests reported the first and second nights, respectively.

Misdemeanor arrests, however, rose slightly the third night. Metro arrested 14 people for misdemeanor charges the third night compared to 11 and six arrests the first two nights, police said.

On the third night, police also issued one traffic citation and made one DUI-alcohol arrest, officials said.

About 80,000 people attended the final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival, organizers estimated. The event drew 70,000 to 75,000 people on Friday and 85,000 on Saturday.

The mass exodus of attendees created traffic problems along Interstate 15 Monday morning during rush hour. The southbound lanes of the highway were moving slow from the Speedway to the Spaghetti Bowl.

The EDC moved this year to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, which banished it after a 15-year-old girl died last summer. Two people died at an EDC event held in Dallas earlier this month.

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  1. All in all it looks like everyone had a great time. Good for you!!!

  2. lets see by a show of hands how many folks are disappointed things went so well? I thought so.

    anyone remember the weekend of hell known as the NBA allstar weekend? I thought so.

  3. vegas_tom

    I'm kind of glad it did go so well; this event looks perfect for Vegas!!

    NOTHING compares to that gang bangin', lootin', shootin' NBA weekend!! You had the scum of the universe come to Vegas that weekend; I still get the creeps thinking of the stories I heard from friends on how bad things were, ie their 13 year old daughter (who looked 13 at the time - conservatively dressed) getting propositioned while walking on the Strip WITH her parents at dinner time by several "pants on the ground/side wearing baseball cap/tatooed" pieces of crap. And Vegas still hopes for an NBA team.

    Also, I think this crowd was VERY different from the NBA crowd. That does make a difference.

  4. All the media and police could talk about was gloom and doom for this event. It would be nice to see them come forward and admit they were completly WRONG!!! They almost seem dissapointed it failed to turn into a melee similiar to most sporting events.

  5. Maybe they should put ecstasy in the water supply to help mellow out all those uptight pessimists.

  6. I am glad to see this turned out great for the people, the promoters and for Las Vegas. Brought in a great deal of money for the town. People that went had fun and very little problems.

    The Sun did a great job of keeping everyone informed.

    Before this came to town, many posters here and on other media web sites yelled like it was going to be the end of Vegas because the "Rave was coming". Glad to see they where wrong and next time maybe they will be a bit more open minded about things they know little or nothing about.

    I am betting the promoters are already working with the Speedway to make this a yearly event which Las Vegas needs. Use the Speedway more. It was built right for large crowds.

    Metro did a great job at keeping the peace without going overboard. Great Job Guys!

    Now to attract more major events like this. Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the world and we have many open dates to keep proving it.

    California's loss was our gain with this one.

  7. Chunky says:

    He's glad everything went relatively well. At this point Vegas can't afford to turn away many events. If this event brings the next generations to Vegas or Vegas to them it's a good thing.

    Chunky would like to see the arrest and DUI stats from NASCAR, New Years and other such events over a similar span of time as a comparison but it sounds like the event organizers and LEO had a tight reign on things.

    Who cares what they all wear or look like as long as the money is green and LEO can keep it under control.

    Generally speaking the Strip is not for kids and teens especially during a special event. Caveat emptor!

    Have a Chunkadelically fantastic day!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  8. Watching local news on Friday was like viewing a telethon. "Deaths at previous venues! What will happen in Vegas?"

    It actually seemed like they were rooting for us to "out-die" the other sites.

    First, I'm very glad that it went well and everyone had a good time. Besides that, I really don't understand how the event organizers are to blame if a kid OD's. How is that their fault?

    They aren't supplying the drugs. Are we to assume that, had the concert not been taking place, these kids would have spent the week-end at the library?

    Anyway, a boon to our economy and more perspective future customers.

  9. I'm actually pleased to announce that I was proven wrong. From what I said in other comment sections before this Electric Boogaloo Daisycutter thing happened, I figured Las Vegas would inherit an incredible pain in the rectum from Los Angeles.

    But I got proved wrong. Pretty well behaved crowd and nobody got hurt or killed. Good job on the crowds.

    I'm actually pretty disappointed in this new trend for concerts. There seems to be a dearth of live music anymore. That not only goes for this event, but also the casino nightclubs are switching to just DJs. This trend is very bad news for entertainment in Las Vegas. Professional musicians may become a thing of the past here in Las Vegas.

    Also, I'm kinda disappointed nobody got naked and danced in the mud.

    No. Wait.

    That's another time. My era. Woodstock.

    Although I agree it's better to have Las Vegas Metro PD hired for security. Rather than having the Hells Angels run it. Like at Altamont Speedway in California in 1969.

    "Please allow me to introduce myself...
    I'm a man of wealth and taste...."

    "Sympathy For The Devil" - The Rolling Stones

  10. atta boy "olbuddy" --- showing your a$$ is all we need to know about you. I think the word is troll.

  11. I think the constant coverage both on TV and here at teh Sun was brought about by the skeptism of an event like this and the comparison to the NBA fiasco. Vegas got burned big time with the NBA event. It was a crap shoot letting this event come to Vegas - regardless of how much money it was going to bring in to the area.

    The media was just as leary of this event as the citizens and the coverage was necessary - whether it turned out to be good or bad for Las Vegas. If it continues to come back to Vegas, my guess the coverage won't be as constant as this first time around. The event was a success and the crowd obviously not the dregs of society as the NBA crowds were.

  12. olbuddy

    You're an embarrassment to those of us in your generation.

    And, the correct spelling is "napalm". Go back to your hole in the ground.

  13. Also, I'm kinda disappointed nobody got naked and danced in the mud.

    No. Wait.

    That's another time. My era. Woodstock.

    Yeah, Colin - those were the days! I went to a couple of those outdoor "concerts" where the music was going on all night long, you slept in sleeping bags and if it rained (and yes, it did), there was mud everywhere, naked bodies running about, the smell of grass and some damn good music. At least now, the gals are not quite naked but are wearing some very nice and expensive underwear....which brings me to this: WHY aren't there more photos of guys half naked?

  14. "WHY aren't there more photos of guys half naked?" - Det_Munch

    Because horny guys will spend money on horny women who accept it. It's human nature. :)