Uptick in alcohol arrests in Nevada City | TheUnion.com

Uptick in alcohol arrests in Nevada City

Nicer weather and a more vigilant public may be leading to increased alcohol arrests this year in Nevada City, police say.

Police arrested two underage drinkers – a 19-year-old and a 17-year-old – at Pioneer Park Sunday afternoon, and so far since February, police have seen an uptick in arrests compared to the same time last year.

“The public is getting a lot more proactive,” said Nevada City Police Sgt. Dan Badour. Police are getting more calls from people reporting public drunkenness and possible drunken driving, he said.

From Feb. 1 through Tuesday, six drunken driving arrests were made, and 10 public drunkenness arrests were made, as well. Those numbers are up from two drunken driving arrests and six public drunkenness arrests for the same period in 2007.

“When the weather warms up like this, we’ll check the bars more in the early morning hours,” said Chief Lou Trovato. He expects more alcohol-related arrests this weekend with pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The holiday falls on a Monday this year.

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