Officer gets drunks off the streets |

Officer gets drunks off the streets

It’s not an easy job to arrest someone for drunken driving. People beg, plead, yell and sometimes spit to prevent an arrest.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored David Stevenson, a former South Lake Tahoe Police patrolman who is now a detective, for making 14 DUI arrests around Christmas.

Stevenson said Sgt. Don Muren nominated him for the award.

“It just nice to be recognized,” Stevenson said. “You’re out driving routes around town all night long putting your car where you think drunks will be.”

Stevenson, who has been with the department for six years, said the job can get ugly and it sometimes feels like you’re not doing a good deed by arresting someone for DUI.

“We’ve all taken crashes where a drunk guy caused major damage to himself and other people, so we justify it to ourselves; but often people don’t understand,” he said. “The award really should be recognition for all the patrol officers who worked the shift.”

MADD honored hundreds of police officers in California at a dinner in Sacramento last month. They want to make sure the officers know they are appreciated for their difficult work.

“These are a pretty select group of individuals,” said Ron Miller, spokesman for MADD. “MADD looks up to these officers and is happy to get an opportunity to thank them for the work they do. This officer was nominated by his department because his work did stand out and was extraordinary.”

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