South Lake Tahoe Police arrests 17 during New Years celebrations |

South Lake Tahoe Police arrests 17 during New Years celebrations

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — New Year’s festivities saw a rise in arrests this year compared to last year, but the number of arrests still remained consistent with prior years.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) made 17 arrests between 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday. This represented a rise from the previous year, when seven arrests were made during the same time window, according to SLTPD figures.

The majority of arrests this year were for either suspected drunk and disorderly conduct in public or DUI, according to SLTPD Lt. Brian Williams.

Some arrests also involved incidents of domestic violence and drug possession, according to an SLTPD press release.

The arrest numbers revealed in the press release, however, did not account for those made by allied law enforcement agencies, such as the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which cited several people at the Snow Globe event for misdemeanor violations.

Although traffic was heavy throughout the city, the inconvenience posed to motorists was handled by most with patience and caution, Williams stated.

The police did not investigate any traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries. SLTPD responded to many disturbance complaints throughout the city and continue to be very busy on New Year’s Day, which is typical of the holiday period, Williams stated.

As many local law enforcement agencies do each year, the SLTPD bolstered patrol staffing to meet the emergency response needs of a crowded city during the New Year celebration period. There were squads of officers patrolling the state line area, the Snow Globe festival and extra officers were also assigned to work patrol throughout the city.

South Lake Tahoe was full with holiday revelers, and the number of calls for emergency police response was consistent with recent past years, Williams stated. Nevertheless, there was an increase in arrests over last year.

Williams also thanked allied law enforcement agencies on behalf of the SLTPD for mutual aid provided during the state line celebration and Snow Globe operations. The other agencies that provided aid included the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the El Dorado County Sheriff Department, the El Dorado County Probation Departments, Cal-Trans and the South Lake Tahoe Public Works Department.

Arrests during New Years celebrations from 2000 to 2007 bounced between 22 and 39. The number of arrests since then has stayed consistent between 15 and 17, with the exception of last year when seven people were arrested.

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