Few arrests at North Tahoe-Truckee for New Year’s shenanigans
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Despite an abundance of crowds in town for the New Year’s holiday due to the best snow Truckee-Tahoe has seen in years, people were generally well-behaved in terms of crime and drunken foolishness last week.
The Truckee Police Department recorded zero DUI arrests on New Year’s Eve and the morning of New Year’s Day, along with one drunk in public arrest and one domestic violence arrest, said Chief Adam McGill, who described things as “unexpectedly pretty quiet.”
“Most of our struggles were traffic and parking related,” McGill said. “The Town was just packed (and) over concentrated in downtown and upper Tahoe Donner.”
For the second year in a row, a free shuttle bus offered sober rides to and from several downtown Truckee bars throughout New Year’s night.
Town of Truckee spokeswoman Kelly Beede said this year’s service “was a great success” with 498 rides, a 94 percent increase over last year’s 257 rides.
This year, service started at 6:45 p.m. picking up folks from surrounding neighborhoods and bringing them to downtown, with the last drop-off occurring at about 3:15 a.m.
Considering the days surrounding New Year’s featured low temperatures in the teens and single digits throughout the region, traffic collisions made up the brunt of statistics provided by the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol, which focuses patrols on Interstate 80 and highways 28, 89 and 267.
Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, the department responded to 15 vehicle crashes, said Officer Pete Mann. Meanwhile, CHP-Truckee officers made one DUI arrest on New Year’s Eve, and two DUI arrests on Jan. 1. There also was a battery arrest on New Year’s Eve, Mann said.
Similarly, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office recorded zero DUI arrests on New Year’s Eve for the North Lake Tahoe areas it patrols, said Lt. Fred Guitron, and one drunk in public arrest.
On the Nevada side of Tahoe’s North Shore, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies made zero DUI arrests in Incline Village/Crystal Bay, said Deputy Jeffrey McCaskill. One citation was given for minor in consumption of alcohol.
Further, Trooper Duncan Dauber of the Nevada Highway Patrol reported zero DUI arrests on New Year’s Eve and the morning of New Year’s Day at Tahoe patrols from Incline Village to Stateline on the South Shore. NHP responded to seven vehicle crashes as well, with none having drugs/alcohol as a contributing factor.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
As for the South Shore, law enforcement agencies also reported relatively well-behaved crowds.
Eighteen people were arrested during celebrations near the casinos in Stateline, and South Lake Tahoe police arrested another eight people, and issued 169 citations, over three nights of the SnowGlobe Music Festival near Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe.
According to various news releases, officers closed U.S. Highway 50 through the casino corridor for less than 30 minutes to accommodate crowds estimated at between 5,000 and 10,000 people who rang in the new year.
As for SnowGlobe, South Lake Tahoe police arrested five people on suspicion of intoxication, one for illegal possession of a stun gun, one for being a minor in possession of a controlled substance and one on suspicion of trespassing, according to the city.
In addition to the arrests, police cited 104 people for being minors in possession of alcohol, 21 for having open containers, 15 for having false identification, four for furnishing alcohol to a minor, three for possession of narcotics, two for being a minor purchasing alcohol, one for possessing marijuana and one for a parking violation.
Nineteen people were also transported from the festival for medical reasons.
Adam Jensen of the Tahoe Daily Tribune contributed to this report.