Douglas County Reports Smooth New Years Eve

Stateline, NV…The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2011/2012 New Years Eve celebration in the casino core area of Stateline, Nevada went well, with only a few problem incidents occurring.

The celebratory crowd seemed smaller than in past years; estimated at approximately 30,000 persons. U.S. Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic at about 10:30 p.m. to allow celebrants to flow into the roadway as they celebrated the coming of the New Year. The highway was reopened at approximately 12:30 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the street and back into the casinos or other locales.

Ten persons were arrested in the downtown casino core area of Stateline, Nevada during the evening. Charges included: Battery, Domestic Battery, Battery on a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, Minor Consuming Alcohol and Civil Protective Custody.

One person was arrested outside the casino core area for DUI.

The Minden-Gardnerville area of Douglas County reported a similarly quiet evening; with two persons arrested for DUI, and one person arrested for Theft.

The various public safety and support agencies involved in this year’s event worked extremely well together. Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini extends his appreciation and gratitude to all agencies who participated, including: Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, FBI, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department, East Fork Fire and Paramedics, Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Douglas County Emergency Communications Center, Douglas County Road Department, Nevada Department of Transportation and Cal-Trans.