Police report no major problems during the busy holiday weekend
July 7, 2010
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Shore law enforcement agencies reported lots of activity, but no major problems following a busy Fourth of July weekend at Lake Tahoe.
Despite larger crowds than last year at Nevada beaches and Stateline casinos, Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Halsey described the weekend as “fairly quiet” in a Tuesday e-mail.
Deputies arrested 23 three people at Lake Tahoe throughout the holiday weekend, including seven for battery and four for trespassing.
Deputies also issued nine criminal citations at the lake. Four citations were issued to minors for consuming alcohol, Halsey said.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were also “extremely busy” in the Zephyr Cover area, making hundreds of traffic stops and issuing numerous citations, said Trooper Matt Kaplan.
NHP also responded to four traffic collisions at the South Shore during the weekend. None of them were fatal, Kaplan said.
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South Lake Tahoe Police arrested 32 people between Friday and Monday, according to the department’s press log. Police arrested 11 people on suspicion of being drunk in public and seven on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the log.
The California Highway Patrol also arrested nine people on suspicion of driving under the influence and responded to four traffic collisions, said spokesman Jeff Gartner.
One person was sent to Barton Memorial Hospital with complaints of pain around 10:40 a.m. on Friday after a 2008 Toyota Highlander clipped the back of a patrol vehicle that was making a U-turn to pursue a speeding vehicle on Highway 50 just east of Johnson Pass Road, Gartner said.
The crash caused minor damage to both vehicles and has been ruled an accident, Gartner said.
On Monday, the CHP responded to numerous reports of people passing over double yellow lines, driving on the shoulder and speeding through neighborhoods to avoid long lines of vehicles leaving the South Shore, Gartner said.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell did not immediately have the numbers and types of arrests made during the holiday weekend, but said the arrest of a 19-year-old Sacramento man on suspicion of selling marijuana was among the more memorable incidents of the weekend.
The man was allegedly selling gram-sized bags of marijuana out of a Chevrolet Blazer at the Camp Richardson campground in plain sight of deputies, Lovell said.
Five people were also pulled safely from the water off Baldwin Beach after their boat capsized due to windy weather, Lovell said.
Lovell estimated between 200,000 and 250,000 people traveled to the South Shore this weekend. He said, for the most part, they were mostly well-behaved.
“You know, we had our normal fair share of activity, but nothing out of the ordinary for the Fourth of July,” Lovell said.