Truckee police make several arrests on New Year’s Eve
January 3, 2006
Staff reportsTruckee police officers used Tazers and pepperball guns before arresting both locals and visitors over the holiday weekend.The first incident occurred New Year’s Eve when Truckee police Sgt. Jason Litchie saw that a woman had stopped her car on Donner Pass Road. After he asked the woman to get out of the road, she said she wasn’t in the road and refused to move, according to police reports.Litchie reported that as he approached the woman, she walked away and “then physically resisted an arrest attempt,” according to police reports. Litchie forced the woman to the ground and a fight ensued.Other officers arrived and Tazed the woman twice. While she was forced into a patrol car, she reportedly kicked an officer in the chest, according to police.Officers arrested the woman, Kimberly Caperon, of Truckee, on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery of a police officer.A few hours later, officers patrolling downtown and monitoring New Year’s Eve festivities saw a white sedan strike and run over a Town of Truckee sign in a parking lot south of Commercial Row. The vehicle then drove away from the area, according to police reports.Officers chased the car down Donner Pass Road to Church Street, then School Street and then up a small access road to East Jibboom Street where the man hit a parked car, blocking the driver in, according to police.Police arrested Michael Masters, a transient, on suspicion of drunken driving. Masters’ blood alcohol level at the time of the arrest was .26 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to police. His passenger, Susan Watson, of Reno, was cited on suspicion of possession of an open beer container and released.Nearly two hours into the new year, Truckee police officers arrested three people on suspicion of public drunkenness outside of the Pastime Club after a fight erupted.Another woman allegedly attempted to interfere with officers’ arrests and was sprayed with pepper spray. She was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a police officer and public drunkenness.While these arrests were taking place, another fight erupted in front of Bar of America. Sgts. Dan Johnston and Litchie deployed their pepperball guns and advanced toward the subjects, who split up and ran away, according to police reports. They were later arrested by officers.Pepperball guns fire a paintball-like projectile that delivers a small dose of powdered oleoresin capsicum, a derivative of cayenne pepper, according to Truckee police.The downtown area was cleared of all pedestrians by 3 a.m. and there was no observed or reported damage to area businesses. The California Highway Patrol reported three drunken driving arrests, three of which were a result of traffic collisions, said CHP Information Officer Steve Skeen said.