Gulf Shores police crack down on spring breakers, make over 100 arrests

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with information and quotes from spring breakers in Gulf Shores.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Spring break on the Gulf Coast is in full swing, and some laws have been broken along the way, according to police.

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The Gulf Shores Police Department has released data on crimes reported during the first two weeks of spring break.

For the first week of spring break in Gulf Shores, police made:

  • 47 arrests for underage possession of alcohol

  • Seven arrests for driving under the influence

  • Two arrests for obstruction of justice

  • Two arrests for narcotics violations

  • One arrest for resisting arrest

For the second week of spring break in Gulf Shores, police made:

  • 20 arrests for underage possession of alcohol

  • Eight arrests for public intoxication

  • Two arrests for obstruction of justice

  • One arrest for resisting arrest

  • 26 arrests for narcotics violations

  • Five arrests for driving under the influence

  • Six arrests for theft, including shoplifting

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News 5 caught up with multiple spring breakers who are on the Gulf Coast.

Tyler Stevenson said he and his friends are trying to stay out of the trouble.

“You just gotta stay safe out here ya know, you’ve got people doing stupid stuff,” Stevenson said.

Jack Peta, another spring breaker, said he and his friends could see the large spring break crowds on the beach.

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“We could see huge crowds of people probably 30 to 40 feet from us,” Peta said. “They were all in a circle. I didn’t see anything really incriminating, but you could definitely see where that teenage mentality could get to people that are in large groups like that.”

David Lantion is visiting from Mobile. He said there are a lot of spring breakers all over Gulf Shores.

“I guess everyone is just trying to have fun; there is a lot of partying going on down here,” Lantion said.

And all the partying turned into at least 12 arrests for spring breakers driving under the influence.

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Conor Burby, a student from Georgia, said he respects Gulf Shores’ rules and the beaches.

“I understand people are being really stupid, and I totally understand the residents getting strict with the rules,” he said.

Going to the beach? Be warned: an alcohol ban remains in effect, and GSPD has a zero-tolerance policy for underage alcohol possession.

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