The San Diego County Sheriff's Department arrested a female hiker Monday afternoon at the Three Sisters Falls trailhead for being drunk in public after they received a 911 call.
According to the sheriff's department, a sheriff's deputy, a fire/rescue helicopter, a law enforcement helicopter and engine companies from CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service resources were all dispatched to the popular hiking area in Julian around 5:30 p.m. on July 23 after a call came in regarding a hiker who had fallen off a rock.
Once on scene, fire personnel located the female hiker on the trail leading up from Three Sisters Falls to the Julian trailhead. The hiker not injured, however, she was extremely intoxicated, according to the sheriff's department. Fire personnel assisted the hiker to the trailhead, where she was evaluated by sheriff's personnel and placed under arrest for being drunk in public.
Three Sisters Falls is a popular hiking destination in the back country of San Diego County. It is remote and very rugged and not for the inexperienced or novice hiker. During the summer months, temperatures can easily reach triple digits and hikers should carry plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not recommended since it is a diuretic and causes dehydration. Each year, the Sheriff's Department and fire personnel respond to dozens of rescue calls throughout the County of San Diego. These rescue calls usually require a response from multiple agencies to be prepared for any scenario, which tie-up valuable resources and personnel. The Sheriff's Department would like to remind the public to be prepared and responsible.
On July 9, and others had to be rescued at Cedar Creek Falls after becoming dehydrated.