You read that right: about 30,000 people showed up in Lahaina on Friday night for the annual Halloween street party-festival-thing, and the Maui PD arrested just four people, all adult males. Four. Their crimes, in no particular order, were outstanding bench warrant/resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, promoting a detrimental drug III and operating a vehicle under the influence. They also wrote seven traffic citations for Front Street.
“Maui Police Department would like to thank the efforts by the Lahaina Community and Merchants that help make Halloween on Front Street 2014 a successful, safe and family friendly environment,” stated a Nov. 1 department press release.
I reiterate: out of 30,000 party-goers, the Maui PD arrested four people. Remember last year? Facing a slightly smaller crowd (about 28,000 people), the MPD–which had publicly announced beforehand that they would seriously beef up their Halloween enforcement activities–arrested 11 people.
Then there’s the fact that on Halloween night this year, the MPD also conducted multiple DUI checkpoints. That operation, according to a Nov. 2 MPD news release, netted 13 arrests, nine of which were for impaired driving.
Oh, this just in: the Maui PD just announced (Nov. 3) that on Oct. 29 of this year, officers arrested three people for selling stolen Maui Bus passes after a big sting operation. Yes, on Maui, there were nearly as many people selling stolen bus passes online as causing trouble at one of the biggest Halloween celebrations anywhere.
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