Police arrested more than 20 people during Sailfest weekend

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New London — Police arrested more than 20 people on the Saturday and Sunday during the annual Sailfest event, charging most of them with breach of peace.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, police on duty at Sailfest charged 11 people with breach of peace, which can apply in cases where a person assaults or threatens someone in a public place. Most of those charges occurred on Bank Street, which on Saturday was lined with food and retail vendors, State Street and on the Waterfront Park promenade. Some of the people charged with breach of peace also were charged with offenses like carrying a dangerous weapon, interfering with police, misuse of the 911 system and possession of crack cocaine.

During the festival Saturday, police also charged others with violation of a protective order, carrying a pistol without a permit, threatening, interfering with a police officer, possession of fireworks and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

On Sunday, officers arrested three people: one was charged with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault of an elderly person, one with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault and one with being a fugitive from justice.

New London firefighters said Tuesday they had responded to 83 calls over Sailfest weekend.


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