Area law enforcement, safety officials report busy, but average Fourth weekend
July 5, 2010
UPDATE: 6:45 p.m. Tuesday
TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; The Fourth of July weekend was busy for law enforcement, but that’s normal for the holiday, said area officers.
Sgt. Robert Womack said the department had a total of seven DUI arrests and#8212; two at a checkpoint Friday night on Donner Pass Road, one as a result of an injury collision, and others around town.
and#8220;We didn’t really see anything special for a Fourth of July Weekend,and#8221; Womack said.
The checkpoint, run with California Highway Patrol, also netted Truckee Police two arrests for alleged possession of narcotics, Womack said, but the holiday weekend had fewer drunk in public arrests than in the past.
CHP Officer Tony Prisco said the highway patrol made 19 DUI arrests over the weekend, including two at the checkpoint, where he estimated between 500 and 800 cars were checked.
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and#8220;It was a busy weekend, but we didn’t have any fatalities and#8212; we had accidents but nothing severe,and#8221; Prisco said. and#8220;Pretty much routine stuff.and#8221;
and#8220;It was as crowded as ever on the West End of Donner Lake,and#8221; Womack said.
The crowds were still going as of Monday, Womack said, keeping officers busy through the start of the week.
From a fire and medical perspective, Truckee Fire Protection District Public Safety and Information Officer Gene Welch said it was an average Fourth of July.
He said the district had 16 medical calls, three assists, three fire calls, three motor vehicle accidents, a carbon monoxide call and a gas leak over the course of the weekend.
In Tahoe City and Kings Beach the Placer County Sheriffand#8217;s Office reported 16 alcohol-related arrests, with four people arrested for public drunkenness: one in Kings Beach, one in Tahoe City and two in Olympic Valley.
Deputy Jeff Power said officers responded to a vehicle burglary between Tahoe City and Truckee, a report of grand theft in Tahoe Vista, a report of trespassing in Tahoe City and a pair of home burglaries in Homewood and Tahoe City.
and#8220;We didnand#8217;t have a whole lot of incidents this weekend, surprisingly,and#8221; Power said.
Capt. Jeff Granum attributed the low arrests to crowd control caused by swimmers and floaters unable to access the Truckee River due to low water flows.
and#8220;Compared to previous years, our arrest numbers are way, way, down,and#8221; Granum said.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District reported 25 emergency medical service calls, three motor vehicle accidents, a small building fire on a house deck and one motor vehicle collision with a pedestrian at Kings Beach State Park.