141 Arrests Made at Tampa Pirate Festival

Tampa Police say 141 people were arrested during Tampa's annual pirate festival.

An estimated 350,000 people converged for the Gasparilla celebration.

Police in Tampa and Temple Terrace, as well as the Florida Highway Patrol and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were responsible for 79 of the arrests. Those included two felonies, 73 misdemeanors and four charges of boating under the influence.

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco reported another 62 arrests, including 57 for possession under the age of 21.

In addition, Tampa Fire Rescue responded to 80 Gasparilla-related calls for medical service, most of them falls.

Twenty people were taken to area hospitals, but none were seriously
injured.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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