Chief Scott: "We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of Pub Crawls"
Also heard from at the April 16th County Board - County Manager FY-15 Budget Work Session was Arlington's Chief of Police, Douglas Scott, who described the increasingly serious public intoxication, disorderly conduct, DWI, DUI (including bicyclists), assaults, and obnoxious public behavior arising from pub crawls in the Ballston-Rosslyn corridor.
According to Chief Scott the B-R pub crawls don't last 3 or 4 hours but start at 1 PM and officially end at 7 PM, but participants keep drinking until the bars close at 2 AM, and there is an increasing level of 'disorderliness' associated with pub crawling. Chief Scott stated that pub crawling is spreading to Shirlington (where neighborhoods around Shirlington are bracing for Shirlington Springfest on April 26th).
As in the past, the County Board expressed its concerns, but the reality is bars, restaurants, and motor vehicle sales are the growth industries in the Ballston-Rosslyn Corridor and provide significant tax revenue for various County Board pet projects and pet special interests.