Sunday, May 16, 2021

More than 86 arrests made in 24 hours in ‘Go Topless Jeep weekend’ in Galveston County

In just 24 hours since the start of the annual Go Topless Jeep Weekend on the Bolivar Peninsula, more than 86 arrests have been made.The video above shows trucks, jeeps and party goers from overnight

Most of the arrests made were misdemeanors of public intoxication, with nine DWI arrests included, according to authorities.

The yearly party was once a gathering of jeep lovers who took off the tops from their off-road jeeps and would then cruise the beach.

But, it’s exploded in the last five years. In 2020, things got wild despite COVID-19. Authorities had to clear out party goers from Crystal Beach.

This year, Texas Search and Rescue set up a command search center on the peninsula to be close for any water rescues.

They are working with 60 Galveston County deputies patrolling the beach, along with 15 state troopers.

One death was reported Friday, but authorities said it was not directly related.

Two women fell from an electric lift at a beach house on Sandcastle Drive at around 3 p.m.

One woman had severe head injuries and was taken to the hospital where she died. The other woman was taken to the hospital with a broken leg, according to Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset. 

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