Despite numerous arrests for alcohol- and drug-related crimes, South Shore law enforcement agencies reported relatively quiet Fourth of July celebrations this week.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 24 people Thursday on suspicion of crimes including burglary, battery, trespassing, larceny, drunken driving, disorderly conduct and consumption of alcohol by a minor, Sgt. Pat Brooks said in a Friday statement. Deputies also cited six people for crimes including larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a minor consuming alcohol.
“The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe were large and with exception of a few altercations in the downtown Casino Core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved,” Brooks stated in the release. “Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.”
Large crowds came to South Lake Tahoe to celebrate Independence Day, but emergency calls were down compared to last year, South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Brian Williams said in a separate release. Illegal fireworks calls were also down this year, according to the police spokesman.
Police made seven arrests between 6 a.m. July 4 and 6 a.m. July 5.
“The majority of these were for drunk and disorderly conduct in public,” Williams said. “One driver was arrested for DUI, and one person was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence.”
Despite heavy traffic, police did not report any traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries, Williams said.
El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies made two arrests in the Lake Tahoe area, both alcohol- and drug-related, Thursday and Friday, according to arrest records. The California Highway Patrol made four arrests, two for drunken driving and two for driving on a suspended license, according to the records.
A Thursday DUI checkpoint near Spooner Summit held by several northern Nevada law enforcement agencies netted several arrests and citations. From 2-10 p.m., police officers stopped 3,547 vehicles to check drivers for signs of impairment, according to a statement from NHP spokesman Chuck Allen.
Four motorists were arrest for alleged drunken driving and one was arrested being suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. Three people were cited for possession of marijuana. Three were cited for drug possession of drug paraphernalia. There were also nine child safety seat violations, four seat belt violations and seven additional traffic citations issued, Allen said. Ten minors were cited for alcohol consumption.
The California Highway Patrol will conduct another DUI checkpoint at the South Shore Saturday. The two possible locations for the checkpoint are State Route 89, north of U.S. Highway 50 or on Highway 50 between Al Tahoe Boulevard and Ski Run Boulevard, according to a statement from the agency.
“Our goal is to insure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving.” said Lt. Brian Cook in the statement. “A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving.”