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Organizer of Rafting Gone Wild sought over lack of permit

Park rangers made six arrests at the Rafting Gone Wild event on the American River over the weekend on suspicion of everything from public intoxication to battery on a police officer, and the event’s organizer remains at large for failing to obtain a permit for the annual party, according to Sacramento Regional Parks officials.

The Saturday event’s organizer escaped rangers by jumping off a bridge and swimming away, said Sacramento Regional Parks Chief Ranger Mike Doane.

Doane said the man has been identified. “We know who the person is, and we are following up with the (District Attorney’s Office) this week to take the investigation further,” he said.

A man named Sammy Diaz identified himself Saturday as the organizer in an interview with television station KCRA. Doane would not confirm that Diaz organized the event.

The District Attorney’s Office will name the event’s organizer and investigate the charges against that person once a warrant has been prepared, Doane said.

Park rangers arrested three people at the event on suspicion of public intoxication, one on drunk driving, one on an outstanding warrant and one on battery on a police officer, Doane said. Sacramento County had prohibited alcohol consumption on the river during the event.

In 2012, 23 people were arrested at the event, while 15 were arrested when it was held last year.

The event organizer will be cited on suspicion of two misdemeanors: organizing an event without a permit and jumping off a bridge, Doane said.