State College police: Arts Festival-related calls down from years past

The number of calls fielded by borough police during Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts celebrations were down significantly from last year, police said Monday.

Borough police received 171 total calls from Thursday evening to Sunday morning. During the same four-day stretch during last year’s Arts Festival, police handled 284 calls.

Officials on Monday could not account for the nearly 40 percent drop in calls. Staffing levels for the weekend, traditionally one of the busiest for State College police during the year, remained the same.

Numbers that track arrests and citations were also down. There were 63 non-traffic citations issued this year for everything from criminal mischief to public drunkenness to underage drinking. That’s down from 160 in 2011.

There were also fewer arrests for suspicion of DUI, down to six this year from eight in 2012. One of those arrests, which occurred early Saturday morning, involved a pedestrian.

Police said the pedestrian was crossing South Atherton Street when he was struck by a vehicle. Both the driver and the pedestrian were cited for underage drinking, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI charges.

The number of non-DUI felony charges, however, increased from one in 2012 to four this year. That includes charges of aggravated assault of a police officer filed against former Penn State football recruit Zayd Issah early Saturday morning.

Police released additional information about the arrest Monday, saying two officers received minor injuries attempting to subdue Issah after he fled from police. One officer was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center, police said.