Regional law enforcement reports mostly quiet New Year’s

Margaret Moran

TAHOE/TRUCKEE – A majority of local law enforcement throughout the region this week reported a quiet New Year’s in terms of arrests and drunk driving incidents.

The Truckee Police Department made one DUI arrest around 3 a.m. New Year’s Day at the downtown roundabout near McIver Crossing and responded to a few disturbance and fireworks calls, said Capt. Harwood Mitchell.

“We had a very good night,” he said, adding that people were responsible during their holiday celebrations. “I’m very pleased.”

The Placer County Sheriff’s Tahoe Station, which covers portions of Truckee along with the North and West shores, received more than 50 service calls between New Year’s Eve evening and early New Year’s Day, said Kelly Hernandez, administration secretary to the captain.

Most calls were “routine,” such as alarm calls. However, two DUI stops were turned over to the California Highway Patrol, and officers also made one arrest for each of the following: domestic violence, drunk in public and a citizen’s arrest for battery. The station also received one case of “brandishing” of a weapon, she said.

CHP, which covers Interstate 80 and state highways 28, 89 and 267, made eight DUI arrests during its New Year’s Maximum Enforcement Period from 6 p.m. Dec. 28 to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day, said Pete Mann, CHP Truckee public information officer. Of those eight arrests, two were made on New Year’s Day between midnight and 2 a.m.

Six collisions were also reported to CHP during that four-day period, none of which were due to alcohol consumption, Mann said. No injuries resulted from those collisions, only property damage.

“Overall, it was pretty mellow,” Mann said.

On Tahoe’s South Shore, 14 arrests made during the annual celebration in the casino corridor, officials said.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Pat Brooks said the arrests were for charges including assault, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and civil protective custody. One person was issued a citation and released.

The crowd’s size was similar to last year’s, Brooks said. Highway 50 through Stateline was closed at 11 p.m. and revelers were allowed onto the highway to celebrate the new year. The Nevada side of 50 was cleared by 12:20 a.m.

– Staff with The Record-Courier, the Bonanza’s sister paper in Minden, contributed to this report.

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