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SLOPD's Fourth of July featured a DUI crash and illegal fireworks

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The SLO Police Department had another busy Fourth of July in 2017.

Records show that the department's officers spent the patriotic holiday responding to complaints of disorderly conduct, alcohol and noise violations, and reports of fireworks. The agency reported at least one major drunk-driving related car crash as well.

The crash occurred at 5:28 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Buchon and High streets. Police said they responded to the scene of the accident and found one vehicle overturned and other vehicles parked on the street damaged. The driver of the overturned vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Peter Anacabe of SLO, was standing near the vehicle.

Anacabe was arrested after officers conducted a DUI investigation at the scene. No other individuals were involved or injured in the crash, according to police.

According to police logs, the SLO Police Department responded to at least three alcohol-related offenses between July 4 and 5, and were called out to respond to seven party and noise-related complaints during the same time period. Between July 3 and July 5, officers responded to 19 fireworks-related calls for service; 16 occurred on the Fourth of July.

The city's municipal code prohibits the storage, sale, possession, and use of fireworks within SLO, including the "safe and sane" fireworks allowed in some other cities in SLO County. Violations of that ordinance could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail. This year, it appeared that few, if any, fireworks scofflaws in SLO will be paying that fine or doing jail time. SLO's police logs showed that the police were unable to locate offenders on the majority of the fireworks-related calls for service.


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