Police report holiday weekend crime stats

As the county dusts itself off following another holiday, police are starting to take stock of the weekend’s crime rates, which, to the relief of police, remained relatively low.

In the Centre Region, the police departments of State College and Ferguson and Patton townships reported little notable crime, outside of a number of ordinance violations involving noise and fireworks. Ferguson Township police reported they are still investigating a Friday robbery along Havershire Boulevard.

Traffic appeared to be the incident of choice over the holiday weekend, as drivers in Centre County racked up more than 650 traffic-related charges between Saturday and Monday, according to court documents.

Statewide, state police investigated a total of 423 crashes, a release said. Crashes resulted in 165 injuries and three fatalities, and alcohol was involved in 52 of the crashes and the death of one person.

Troopers issued 9,069 speeding citations between Saturday and Monday, the release said, arresting 447 motorists for driving under the influence and citing 628 people for not wearing seat belts and 219 for failing to secure children in safety seats.

During last year’s three-day holiday driving period, four people were killed and 133 others were injured in the 473 crashes that state troopers investigated, the release said.