Country Jam citations up from 2013

Citations for minors in possession of alcohol at Major Mortgage Country Jam are likely to hit a new high this year, according to statistics from the first three days of the four-day festival.

As of Saturday night, law enforcement officers had handed out 185 tickets to minors in possession of alcohol at the annual country music festival in Mack, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. That left another whole festival day to surpass the previous record within the last decade of 187 minor in possession tickets. Sunday citation numbers from County Jam were not available in time for print but will likely be released today.

Also in the first three days at this year’s Country Jam, three people were cited on suspicion of trespassing, two people were cited on suspicion of trespassing, and two people were cited on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer. Nine citations were given out for people with suspected fake identification cards, one citation was given out for allegedly providing false information to deputies, one citation was handed out for suspected violation of a protection order, and one person was cited on suspicion of violation of bail bond conditions.

On Friday, law enforcement handed out the first citation for suspected assault at the festival since 2010, when there were three. No arrests on suspicion of assault were made Thursday or Saturday at Country Jam.

Not all citations saw an uptick this year. The number of tickets written for people who bought alcohol for a minor or gave alcohol to a minor decreased from 17 during all of last year’s Country Jam to seven within the first three days of this year’s Country Jam.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is charging the organizers of Country Jam, Townsquare Media Group, $50,000 to provide a law enforcement presence during the festival under an agreement approved by Mesa County commissioners in April. The sheriff’s office did not charge prior organizers for law enforcement services in the last two years but organizers did pay a voluntary fee in 2011 and years before that to help cover the $68,000 to $121,000 it has cost the sheriff’s office to have deputies patrol previous Country Jams.


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