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‘Unusually quiet’ New Year’s Eve for Truckee, Tahoe

TRUCKEE, Calif. — In terms of drunken buffoonery, New Year’s Eve 2013 was relatively quiet for the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Truckee Police officers recorded three arrests from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, Chief Adam McGill said Thursday. Two were for suspicion of being drunk in public, the other for DUI-alcohol.

“It was unusually quiet … I was shocked, really. I even worked that night because I thought we would be busy,” McGill said.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office arrested six people during roughly the same time frame at Lake Tahoe. Patrols stretched from Homewood to Kings Beach, with Olympic Valley and other communities in the middle.

Three arrests were for DUI-alcohol, according to PCSO, with the others for simple battery, trespassing and public intoxication.

“Most of our calls for service were party type calls and noise complaints related to the reveling,” said Lt. Alfredo Guitron. “I spoke to one sergeant who was off duty and at Squaw — he noted a lot of families in the crowds. I would attribute this to the NYE celebration thankfully falling mid-week.”

In Nevada, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office made 51 arrests, said department spokeswoman Tami Cummings.

Every one of those 51 people booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility in Reno had alcohol in his or her system, Cummings said, although only eight were arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Last New Year’s, the department made 30 DUI arrests, Cummings said. Specific numbers for Incline Village were not available as of Thursday.

Five DUI arrests were made in the Northern Nevada area with the Nevada Highway Patrol during NYE patrols, according to a press release, compared to seven arrests last year. Incline-specific stats were unknown.

On Tahoe’s South Shore, 24 people were arrested during New Year’s celebrations at Stateline, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday morning.

The crowd was an average size, and Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic from 11:40 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. so revelers could flow into the roadway as they celebrated the new year, a press release stated.

The arrests took place at the casino corridor throughout the evening. Charges included assault, battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and civil protective custody, officials said.

Further, fewer than 30 arrests were made during Tuesday night’s celebrations in downtown Reno, according to the Reno Police Department. Also, one person was arrested in the Minden-Gardnerville area for drunken driving. No significant injuries stemming from brawls or vehicle accidents were reported throughout the region.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 2, 2014 06:01PM Published Jan 6, 2014 09:59AM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.