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RCMP keep Canada Day crowds calm

Rebel rousers looking for trouble on Canada Day found themselves discreetly escorted to the drunk tank, police say.

Monday morning, RCMP spokesperson Steve Holmes told reporters there were plenty of drunks picked off from the Canada Day crowds Friday evening, but none caused any serious disturbance.

"We have cells that will accommodate persons who are obviously there to sober up…and the following day they are released," said Holmes.

While there may have been some who were charged with offenses, by and large, most of the 47 people arrested were simply left to wait the night out in a simple cell with a toilet, water and several other intoxicated individuals.

"People do need to know, however, that they are getting tickets for that," Holmes noted.

The tickets range from $100 for fighting to $115 for being intoxicated in a public place. RCMP received 103 calls on Friday, July 1, arresting 47 people, and 80 calls Saturday which resulted in nine arrests.

Two police boats were also on patrol to ensure boaters did not get into problems as the holiday wore on.

Another auxiliary boat was sent south to Penticton.

jsmith@kelownacapnews.com

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