82 People Arrested, 47 Minors Cited at Crudefest 2012

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Law enforcement had their hands full this past weekend for Crudefest. Dozens of people were arrested at the Texas country music festival but the music festival was an overall success in safety.

"This year was tremendous," Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter, said. "We had a lot more people that attended the Crudefest."

There were a lot more arrests this year too.

Sheriff Painter said 189 people landed themselves behind bars over the no refusal weekend.

Eighty-two of those arrests were Crudefest concert fans.

It's a number way up from years past.

"Last year we had 25 and that's an average," Sheriff Painter said.

Crudefest owner, Cody Baker, said their staff worked closely with law enforcement to keep things safe.

"I'm glad they took care of the things they needed to take care of," Baker said. "Unfortunately, some people had to go to jail."

More than 22,000 people showed up to the concert. That's about 2,000 to 4,000 more than originally expected.

"For whatever reason there seemed to be more juveniles," Sheriff Painter said.

47 minors were cited for alcohol related violations. Both Sheriff Painter and Baker credit the special task force that targeted underage drinkers.

"You know I think that's a testament to how the Sheriff and DPS worked," Baker said.

"We were so busy staying on top of everything," Sheriff Painter said. "We had mounted patrol out there who did an outstanding job, we couldn't have done it without them."

Although 82 music fans were arrested.

"I think it's a fairly low percentage of the people who actually came to the event versus the people who had to go to jail," Baker said.

Baker said overall the weekend was a success that boosted the local economy.

"I think it was excellent," Baker said. "All the hotels were full, I know the convenience stores anywhere close to our area did very well."

Sheriff Painter is happy too.

"A lot of the cars we stopped had designated drivers and I'm so thankful for that," he said.