Thirty-five people were arrested citywide in Manhattan Beach between 8 a.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday. Twenty-three of those arrests were for public intoxication, said Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department on Monday.
The arrests came during the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament, which began on the beach south of the pier at 9 a.m. Saturday and ended late Sunday afternoon.
Charges for the 35 arrested include driving under the influence, petty theft, grand theft, vandalism, trespass and resisting arrest.
To ensure public safety, the Manhattan Beach City Council in 2010 authorized the use of the city's full police force to crackdown on alcohol use associated with the tournament, which is known for its party atmosphere.
Coinciding with the tournament last year, police made 30 arrests for public intoxication, drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses, between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. In past years, before the police crackdown, the department averaged between six and 10 arrests during the same time period.
Around midnight Saturday, a disturbance at Pancho's restaurant in North Manhattan Beach resulted in the arrest of four people, said Officer Martin. Two agencies, the Regional DUI Task Force and El Segundo police, were called in to assist after the subject was "uncooperative" and his/her friends joined in and interfered with officers.
Police estimate that it will take a couple of weeks to tally the citations for open containers of alcohol and other offenses that were issued during the same time period.