Captain Jason Berry
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
October 7, 2011
Contact: Sergeant Brad Moon
Law Enforcement Efforts Over Rod Run Weekend Lead to Safer Roadways & Event
Long Beach, WA -- Local law enforcement agencies in Pacific County are calling Rod Run a successful event, with no major incidents to report over the weekend of the event.
Organized by the Beach Barons, the 28th Annual Rod Run to the End of the World has grown in the number of spectators over the past two decades. Over 780 classic vehicles met at Wilson Field for the two day event, where an estimated 8,000 people viewed the cars and participated in several family friendly events.
Although the Beach Barons have very strict rules regarding alcohol consumption on the grounds of the event, often the alcohol related problems occur after the festivities wrap up for the day and spectators gather along the streets of Long Beach to view the classic cars once again.
This year, local law enforcement, including the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Long Beach Police Department, and Washington State Patrol, are pleased to report a successful event. Over the weekend, there were no major traffic incidents reported – which includes serious injury collisions, fatality collisions, and hit and run investigations.
Significant results from the two-day event are below:
- Officers made over 500 traffic stops for traffic violations.
- 21 DUI (Driving Under the Influence) arrests were made.
- 11 arrests were made for misdemeanor possession of drugs.
- 1 driver was cited for reckless driving.
- 3 arrests made for misdemeanor warrants.
- 1 arrest made for a felony warrant.
- 5 infractions were issued for open alcohol containers.
- 7 drivers were issued an infraction for negligent driving.
Additionally, the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant on a residence located in the Ocean Park area, resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine.
The combined law enforcement effort was also supported by officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, other Pacific County municipalities, and Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties.