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FLORENCE — Driving under the influence arrests related to Country Thunder Arizona were lower in 2021 than in previous years, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.

PCSO operated a four-day DUI task force Thursday through Sunday to coincide with Country Thunder.

“DUI arrests were low,” PCSO spokeswoman Lauren Reimer said. “This is a good thing given the amount of traffic for the event. Over the years we have seen our DUI arrests decline due to our zero tolerance stance on impaired driving in Pinal County.”

Throughout the four days of the annual music festival, PCSO deputies made 12 misdemeanor DUI arrests and four felony DUI arrests, according to Reimer.

Thirteen drivers were cited for reckless driving.

Deputies issued 52 civil traffic citations on Price Road and made 14 non-DUI-related arrests.

During the four-day period, deputies responded to 87 calls for service.

One sexual assault arrest was made and one person was arrested for trespassing.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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