Two dozen arrested New Year’s Eve |

Two dozen arrested New Year’s Eve

Staff Reports
The Fire Groove fire dancers at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe side on New Year's Eve.
Shannon Burns |

Twice the number of people were arrested in Stateline this year during the New Year’s Eve celebration that attracted around 30,000 people.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 24 people were taken into custody on charges ranging from assault to civil protective custody.

That’s up from the 10 people arrested during the celebration last year, and the year before.

Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks said Highway 50 through Stateline was closed at 11:40 p.m. Brooks described the crowd as seeming no larger than last year’s, which was estimated at around 30,000 people.

The highway was cleared of celebrants by 12:20 a.m. and reopened at 1 a.m.

Charges for those arrested included assault, affray, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and civil protective custody, Brooks said.

The night was quiet in Carson Valley with one person arrested for DUI, Brooks said.

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

No public safety personnel reported injuries during the night.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that they arrested fewer people for driving under the influence and responded to fewer injury accidents over New Year’s Eve in Northern Nevada.

Trooper Chuck Allen said that there were five DUI arrests compared to seven last year between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. New Year’s Day.

There were six collisions during the same period of time, four of which were noninjury, and two were nonlife-threatening injury accidents. That compares with five crashes last year, with three that resulted in injuries.

The NHP’s “joining forces” holiday impairment enforcement campaign will continue through this weekend.

California Highway Patrol officers assigned to Bridgeport arrested two drivers suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini thanked the agencies that participated in keeping the peace at Stateline.

Those agencies include the Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, FBI, Douglas County Communications Center, Nevada Department of Transportation and Cal-Trans.