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Regional law enforcement reports quiet New Year's in Incline

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - New Year's was "fairly quiet" for local law enforcement at Lake Tahoe, a Washoe County Sheriff's Office official said.

Between 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 3 a.m. New Year's Day, one DUI arrest was made in Incline Village off of Juanita Drive, while officers responded to two domestic battery cases, and one fight and one trespassing arrest at a Crystal Bay casino, said Deputy Armando Avina, public information officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

"Nothing out of the ordinary occurred," he said. "It really went without incident. That was really good for us."

Avina said the sheriff's office prepared for the holiday by having 14 additional units on patrol in the south district, which includes Incline Village, on top of the regular five to six units covering that district.

"It's our goal to make sure everyone is as safe and secure as possible," he said.

On Northern Nevada highways from 7 p.m. New Year's Eve to 5 a.m. New Year's Day, more than 275 traffic enforcement stops were made by Nevada Highway Patrol troopers, according to a press release.

Only seven motorists, or roughly 3 percent, were stopped during that timeframe were arrested for DUI of alcohol or drugs. Two additional DUI arrests were made at 6 a.m. New Year's Day in Reno, said Trooper Chuck Allen, public information officer for Nevada Highway Patrol-Northern Command West.

Many of the motorists stopped were designated drivers for passengers riding in the vehicle who were celebrating the new year and had already consumed alcohol.

"It was very quiet," Allen said, adding that some of the possible reasons why being low temperatures and the holiday falling on a Tuesday.

Other calls for service during that same timeframe involved assisting 14 motorists whose vehicles had broken down along the highway, and five automobile crashes also were investigated.

Three of those crashes involved minor injuries and were in the Reno-Sparks area, while two others happened in the Carson-Tahoe-Minden areas and were property damage only.

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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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 2, 2013 09:38PM Published Jan 2, 2013 09:37PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.