STATELINE, Nev. — With a lighter than expected turnout, Douglas County authorities reported only a handful of arrests during the New Year's Eve celebration.
Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey estimated the crowd at 30,000 people, with 10 being arrested for a variety of incidents.
“Charges included battery, domestic battery, battery on a peace officer, disorderly conduct, trespassing, minor consuming alcohol and civil protective custody,” Halsey said. “One person was arrested outside the casino core area for DUI.”
Highway 50 through the casino core closed to vehicle traffic at about 10:30 p.m., allowing revelers to flow onto the highway.
“The highway was reopened at approximately 12:30 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the street and back into the casinos or other locales,” Halsey said.
Carson Valley also was quiet during New Year's Eve, with two people arrested for DUI and one for theft during the evening.
“The various public safety and support agencies involved in this year's event worked extremely well together,” he said.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini thanked all the agencies who participated, including: Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, FBI, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department, East Fork Fire and Paramedics, Douglas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Douglas County Emergency Communications Center, Douglas County Road Department, Nevada Department of Transportation and Caltrans.