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South Lake Tahoe police report decrease in New Year’s arrests

Adam Jensen

New Year’s arrests over the past decade

Numbers show South Lake Tahoe Police Department arrests between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31 and 12 p.m. Jan. 1 during the past 11 years.

2005/2006: 22

2006/2007: 23

2007/2008: 15

2008/2009: 16

2009/2010: 15

2010/2011: 15

2011/2012: 17

2012/2013: 14

2013/2014: 7

2014/2015: 17

2015/2016: 9

source: South Lake Tahoe Police Department

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Shore law enforcement agencies reported relatively well-behaved crowds at New Year’s Eve celebrations late last week. Eighteen people were arrested during celebrations near the casinos in Stateline, Nevada, and South Lake Tahoe police arrested another eight people, and issued 169 citations, over three nights of the SnowGlobe Music Festival near Lake Tahoe Community College.

At the state line, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested people on allegations including driving under the influence, battery on an officer, domestic battery, trespassing, being an intoxicated pedestrian, consuming alcohol as a minor and possession of a controlled substance. Despite the arrests the celebration “went as planned,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement officers closed U.S. Highway 50 through the casino corridor for less than 30 minutes to accommodate crowds estimated at between 5,000 and 10,000 people, shutting down the highway at 11:58 p.m. Dec. 31 and reopening the road at 12:20 a.m. Jan. 1, according to the release.

“Since the beginning of 2008, a clear trend indicates that the size and associated arrests generated by the celebration at the state line has gradually diminished,” according to a separate press release from the City of South Lake Tahoe. “While the Snow Globe festival has generated multiple thousands of attendees over the past 5 years, it has not caused an overall uptick in arrest stats.”

Over three nights of SnowGlobe, South Lake Tahoe police arrested five people on suspicion of intoxication, one for illegal possession of a stun gun, one for being a minor in possession of a controlled substance and one on suspicion of trespassing, according to the city’s release. In addition to the arrests, police cited 104 people for being minors in possession of alcohol, 21 for having open containers, 15 for having false identification, four for furnishing alcohol to a minor, three for possession of narcotics, two for being a minor purchasing alcohol, one for possessing marijuana and one for a parking violation. Nineteen people were also transported from the festival for medical reasons.

Between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31 and 12 p.m. Jan. 1, the South Lake Tahoe police made nine arrests throughout the city, the majority for either drunk and disorderly conduct in public or driving under the influence. Arrests were also made for incidents involving domestic violence and drug possession. Police did not investigate any traffic collisions resulting in serious injuries of the New Year’s holiday. The arrest numbers provided by the city do not account for those made by other law enforcement agencies, such as the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Police continued to be very busy on New Year’s Day.

“South Lake Tahoe was quite full with holiday revelers, and the number of calls for emergency police responses was consistent with recent past years,” according to the release. “We are pleased to report there was a decrease in arrests as compared to last year. In fact, SLTPD squads made no arrests at all in the state line area last night related to the new year’s eve celebration.”

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