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Quiet holiday weekend for local law enforcement

The four-day holiday weekend was a relatively quiet one for local law enforcement, with only two arrests for driving under the influence and eleven arrests in total across the county’s four law enforcement agencies.

All but two of the arrests were made by the Colusa Police Department. Sgt. Eldon Tamez said that while his department may have been the busiest, it was still a fairly mellow holiday weekend.

“We ended up arresting one person on suspicion of DUI over the Christmas holiday, which was down on south 3rd street. The individual was found asleep in the car with vehicle on, parked on sidewalk…” Tamez said. “That’s about the gist of it really. We had four warrant arrests, and had a couple of (on-view) arrests for people with stolen firearms. (But other than that) it was a pretty quiet weekend. I would say it was a pretty mellow Christmas holiday.”

The same could be said for the Williams Area CHP: While there were 535 DUI arrests for the state between Dec. 23 and Dec. 26, only 22 of those arrests were in the Northern Division and the Williams Area CHP reported just one arrest for DUI.

The CHP also reported 16 fatal collisions in the state. Two fatal collisions were in the Northern Division and the Williams Area CHP reported no fatal collisions, despite heavy traffic on area highways.

“Traffic was very heavy on I-5 and Highway 20 during the Christmas weekend,” said Officer Shane Roach of the Williams Area CHP. “Heavy traffic is typical for the time of the year.”

The Colusa County Sheriff’s office had an uneventful holiday weekend as well.

“It was lower key than it could have been,” said Colusa County Sheriff’s Lt. Neil Pearson. “It looks like Colusa PD took the brunt of the calls over the holiday.”Pearson commented that a majority of the departments calls were for disturbance and loud music on Christmas Day.

“Most of the disturbance calls were between the hours of midnight and 2 AM,” said Pearson.

He added that the department had a large number of calls for commercial and residential burglar alarms.

The department reported no DUI arrests. Pearson noted that the two DUI arrests were made from the Colusa Police Department and the CHP.

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