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Fourth celebration was low-key in Truckee

Katherine Morris

Local residents and out-of-towners weren’t the only ones who enjoyed a fun, relaxing holiday weekend in Truckee.

According to Commander Scott Berry with the Truckee Police Department, local law enforcement officers also relished a “fun, mellow, orderly” celebration.

“We really had a ball,” Berry said. “Even though the town was packed, people were very well-behaved. Everyone was just having a good time.”

Between July 4-7, Berry said TPD arrested four people for suspicion of drunkenness and five for suspicion of drunken driving. There was also one arrest for an incident of domestic violence involving felony assault.

“We also had two instances of minors in possession and a three traffic accidents resulting in property damage and some minor injuries,” he said.

Even with the thousands of people who attended the notorious Donner Lake fireworks show, which was shut down for several years after repeated problems, Berry said everything went off without any major hitches.

“We had 14 officers on-hand, as well as two officers on jet skis out on the lake, and we also had help from Sierra and Nevada County Sheriff’s officers,” he said.

Two local businesses, Donner Lake Water Sports and Donner Lake Marina, donated the use of the two watercrafts for officers for the entire holiday weekend.

While Berry didn’t have statistics on last year’s Fourth of July incidents since the TPD has only been in existence since last September, CHP spokesman Officer Kirk Bromell said his agency’s numbers were up from last year.

“It was definitely a busy weekend for us,” he said. “We had maximum deployment of our officers, along with help from the Sacramento area.”

Bromell reported 21 drunken driving arrests over the holiday and the weekend, which was up from eight last year.

“There were also nine collisions – five of which involved injuries, but none involving fatalities – one arrest for vehicle theft, one taken into custody for operating a boat under the influence and one arrest for possession of narcotics, a deadly weapon and other such things,” he said.

Bromell blamed the increase in incidents on the fact that the holiday fell on a Thursday.

“Last year it was on Wednesday, but this year, the placement made it easier for people to extend their celebrating through the weekend,” he said.


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