Plenty of fireworks for law enforcement |

Plenty of fireworks for law enforcement

Susan Wood

Welcome to Lake Tahoe, now behave.

With 27 arrests in one day reported between Douglas County and South Lake Tahoe, the police scanner told a holiday story of summer in the basin this past weekend.

No serious incidents were reported, but that didn’t keep law enforcement from responding.

People jumped on vehicles, threw trash out their car windows, partied through the night and fought with their fists. And there were reports of people biting other people, women fighting in the street, men who were unaware of the name of the motel they were staying and a toothless hitchhiker who made obscene gestures at motorists.

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One man wanted to turn himself in with warrants to get a ride to Placerville. Then, an angry woman flushed her male companion’s medication down the toilet.

“We have to check everything on weekends like this,” said Chris Sneed, a dispatcher for South Lake Tahoe Police Department. The department reported nine arrests on Sunday.

Many calls involved disturbances and alcohol – from drunk in public to driving under the influence.

Vehicles and traffic calls – including reports of the ramming variety – made for a mix of mishaps and crimes. An auto theft was reported at Raley’s at the “Y.”

Outside of the city, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department indicated it responded to five thefts in which owners of vehicles left them unlocked – resulting in cash, cameras and credit cards stolen.

“When people come up here on vacation, they sometimes forget their morals,” Deputy Mike Sukau said.

Evidently, they leave their patience, too.

One motorist received a citation when he drove in the center lane to dash by the stop-and-go traffic on Emerald Bay Road. He apologized to Sgt. Steve Stroot in the hopes of avoiding the ticket. It didn’t work.

Douglas County shared the wealth of calls. The sheriff’s department made 18 arrests from Saturday evening to Monday morning.

“It was a busy weekend. This is all the stuff you expect relative to alcohol,” Deputy Dave Tubridy said.

Deputies even prevented a boat theft out of Zephyr Cove.

The California Highway Patrol also saw action.

Beyond drunken driving incidents, a motorcycle accident near Strawberry on Sunday led to CalStar transporting the victim to Washoe Medical Center in Reno. He remains in fair condition with a leg fracture.

Barton Memorial Hospital was busy with a wide range of cases.

“Hopefully, the town will get down to a low roar,” said Mary Flores, the hospital’s emergency services manager.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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