Busy Fourth for Lake Tahoe law enforcement
Three people on a personal watercraft were rescued by Douglas County’s new patrol boat over the Fourth of July weekend.
Sgt. Pat Brooks said the riders overturned about a mile offshore and were suffering hypothermia.
They were brought to shore where they were treated by paramedics.
The weekend was busy for officers patrolling Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe, where large crowds gathered for the holiday.
“The crowd was relatively well behaved,” Brooks said. “Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.”
Between 11 a.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, deputies took 37 people into custody on charges ranging from battery, domestic battery, trespassing, larceny, DUI, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and other traffic related issues.
“The various law enforcement and support agencies involved in this year’s event worked extremely well together,” Brooks said.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini thanked the agencies who participated, including the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Reserves, Douglas County Communications Center, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol.
A checkpoint at Spooner Summit and Highway 50 saw more than 2,000 vehicles between 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. July 4. Three were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and one for alcohol and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Trooper Dave Gibson said law enforcement agencies across Nevada will be increasing the number of officers and troopers on the roadways in a continued effort to curb driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.
“As a reminder motorists can be stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of prescribed medications if they are advised to not operate heavy machinery or operate a vehicle,” he said. “Certain prescribed medications have the same or similar effects on motorists as do illegal substances.”