Long holiday weekend passes without incident | SierraSun.com

Long holiday weekend passes without incident

It was a quiet Fourth of July weekend for local police and sheriffs’ departments.

Nevada County and Placer County sheriff’s officials, as well as the Truckee Police Department, all reported a relatively quiet holiday weekend with few incidents in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

“There were no significant events. It was very quiet and a quality weekend,” said Lt. Harwood Mitchell of the Truckee Police Department.

Each department reported some alcohol-related incidents, including driving under the influence and public intoxication, said Capt. Karl Fulenwider from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Mitchell said a drunken driving checkpoint on Donner Pass Road and Meadow Lane yielded one arrest after the suspect refused a sobriety test. After the suspect passed an alcohol screening, the individual was released.

“There were a total of five DUIs over the weekend, none of them on the fourth,” Mitchell said.

Sgt. Dan Ingalls of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office reported a total of 20 DUIs for the holiday weekend, as well as 22 other alcohol-related incidents.

Truckee police were prepared for the weekend by bolstering their forces on July 4.

“The entire department works Fourth of July. There were 23 officers over the course of the day with different hours,” Mitchell said. “The majority of our personnel were committed to events.”

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office also had more officers on duty for the holiday.

“We were running probably 20 extra deputies in addition to our normal force,” Fulenwider said.

Crowds on the water stayed in control over the holiday weekend as well.

“Some citations were issued on Donner Lake, but there were no arrests,” Mitchell said.

Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River were also patrolled but proved uneventful.

“We did some vehicle inspections on the lake, but there were no major issues,” Fulenwider said. “It actually went pretty well, not a lot of problems.”

Other bodies of water, like Boca Reservoir, became a “ghost town” as people gravitated toward Tahoe and Donner, said Sgt. Frank Koehler from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

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