Police call 16th Annual Reno Santa Pub Crawl 'successful event'
Reno's 16th annual Santa Pub Crawl was a success, police said, even as four bars were cited for serving to underage customers.
The Reno Police Department said Saturday's crawl "was another successful event," due to the cooperation of businesses, event promoter, citizens of Reno and participants.
The Reno Police Department estimates 15,000 people participated in the pub crawl. Organizer Matt Goedert said the fundraising goal to reach $30,000 was met and will be donated to local schools.
Officer Tim Broadway told News 4 that multiple factors, such as the wet weather and extra officers patrolling, contributed to what could be called a "mellow" night. Officers made 15 arrests in total, with eight being for driving under the influence.
"We didn't have any pedestrians killed in any type of crash. There were no major incidents with shootings or stabbings or anything like that, so again, it goes back to working well with the community and working well with the organizers and special events division from the department," said Broadway.
The Reno Police Department Regional Street Enforcement Team (SET) conducted an underage drinking operation throughout the event. Four of the 41 bars tested were given a citation for serving alcohol to customers below the age of 21.
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Abby's Highway 40, one of those four, was previously cited at this past October's Zombie Crawl. Broadway said according to Sec. 5.07.200, the Code Enforcement Division of the City of Reno allows a business to receive three strikes within a 12-month period before being given an automatic suspension.
Reno Police Chief Jason Soto's statement:
The Reno Police Department continues to work this event as a cooperative effort between those in attendance, the local businesses, the event promoter, and the citizens of Reno,” Reno Police Chief Jason Soto says. “The goal of this event is to create a fun and safe atmosphere for all those who attend, while maintaining our mission of creating a safe city by providing the highest level of police services. While the participants had to brave the wet weather, this year was another successful event using this cooperative concept.