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Local law enforcement kept busy over holiday weekend

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunRafters float take a break at "Party Island" on the Fourth of July. Alcohol was banned from the Truckee River during the holiday weekend.

Droves of visitors kept local law enforcement busy over the holiday weekend, but no major incidents were reported.

With the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Friday, higher visitor numbers had Truckee Police, California Highway Patrol and Nevada and Placer county deputies at the ready. The long weekend, however, only resulted in minor incidents, according to officials.

“We were busier than usual,” said Officer Steve Skeen with CHP. “There were a lot of people up for the holiday weekend and officers were going from one call to the next, but nothing major.”

Skeen said CHP tallied about 40 arrests over the three-day weekend, generally consisting of driving under the influence, bicycling under the influence and drunk in public.

“There’s a common thread there,” Skeen said.

The Truckee River alcohol ban over the weekend was a success, said Lt. Allan Carter with the Placer County Sheriff’s Deparment.

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“The ban really helped significantly reduce calls and fights and things of that nature on the Fourth,” Carter said. “On the Fourth we didn’t have any arrests all day until that night.”

That night Placer County Sheriff’s had 31 bookings, mostly drunk in public, Carter said.

Some people did take to the river with alcohol the day before the ban, Carter said.

“It was legal Thursday and of course we had a fight,” Carter said. “But on the Fourth we had people thanking us for enforcement, everybody was able to have a good time.”

According to a press release from Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn, local agencies met before the weekend to draw up contingency plans to deal with large crowds and additional traffic.

Fenn characterized the Truckee parade as “relatively problem free,” and said police only responded to minor complaints on Donner Lake’s West End Beach. Four arrests were made on the streets around West End Beach ” one driving under the influence and two public intoxications, according to the release.

Other calls over the weekend came from loud parties, vandalism, fireworks, minor fights and boater assists on Donner Lake, according to Fenn.