Checkpoint, deputies net 29 arrests at Lake Tahoe |

Checkpoint, deputies net 29 arrests at Lake Tahoe

Staff Reports

Two dozen people were arrested during Fourth of July celebrations at Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove at Lake Tahoe.

Large crowds thronged to the Lake driven by the heat and promise of fireworks.

The celebratory crowds were large and with exception of a few altercations in the downtown casino core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved, said Douglas County Sgt. Pat Brooks. “Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display,” he said.

Those arrested faced a variety of charges depending on the incident, including burglary, battery, trespassing, larceny, DUI, disorderly conduct and minor consuming alcohol.

In addition to the arrests, six people were cited for minor consuming, larceny and possession of paraphernalia.

“The various law enforcement and support agencies involved in this year’s event worked extremely well together,” Brooks said.

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini extended his gratitude to all agencies who participated, including the men and women of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Reserve, 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.

Five motorists were arrested for driving under the influence at a July Fourth holiday DUI checkpoint set up on Highway 50 near Spooner Summit in Douglas County.

Of those four were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and a fifth was for marijuana, according to NHP Trooper Chuck Allen.

Among the citations issued by officers were three for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, three for drug paraphernalia, nine child safety seat violations, four seat belt tickets, and seven additional traffic citations for various other violations. Furthermore, 10 minors were cited for alcohol consumption and their ages ranged from 16-20 years old.

During the eight-hour event, which started at 2 p.m., Reno and Sparks police officers, Washoe and Lyon sheriff’s deputies, and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers briefly spoke to each driver of the 3,547 vehicles that were stopped. All vehicles where motorists showed signs of alcohol or drug use, or if a violation was observed, were directed to the secondary screening area.