MSP: 27 arrests at Electric Forest; more possible

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ROTHBURY, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say they arrested dozens of people during this year’s Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury.

In a Tuesday news release, MSP said troopers contracted by the festival investigated 97 complaints that led to 27 arrests. The Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing cases against 31 other festival-goers to determine if they too should be arrested.

The current and pending charges range from felony drug and larceny to misdemeanor assault, drug possession, trespassing, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and being a fugitive from justice.

Troopers also helped with medical issues during the festival, which included people who fainted in the extreme heat. However, the number of medical calls is unclear.

This is the second year the Electric Forest Festival spanned two consecutive weekends.

Its organizers have hired MSP nearly every year to patrol the festival grounds, at no cost to taxpayers.

State police say other troopers are brought in to handle the regular shifts of those enforcing at Electric Forest Festival.

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