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Police agencies report few arrests on New Year's Eve

January 02, 2004|by Pepper Ballard

Hagerstown City Police Sgt. Paul Kifer said between 4 p.m. and midnight New Year's Eve, police arrested two people who were driving while intoxicated.

Four drunk and disorderly arrests were made overnight, he said, but officers reported that the city was quiet after 3 a.m.

Maryland State Police Cpl. Doug Lowry said the state's roads in Washington County Wednesday night were quiet and no drunken driving arrests were made by members of his department.

He said most New Year's Eves yield a few drunken driving arrests, but Wednesday night was unusual.

Maryland State Police P.C.O. Kimberly Creamer said New Year's Eve was "pretty normal" for officers in Frederick County.

It was a typical New Year's Eve for members of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Cpl. James Grimm said.

No drunken driving arrests were made, but police did lock up two women who had fought at Shooter's bar in Funkstown and police also were called to Motel 6 on Halfway Boulevard three times for complaints of drunk and disorderly conduct.

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Police fielded similar calls throughout the night, he said.

In Frederick County, a task force was set up to nab drunk drivers, Sheriff's Department Sgt. Donald Holloway said. He did not know how many arrests were made.

The city itself had a fairly uneventful New Year's Eve, Frederick Police Department Sgt. Greg Gautney said.

Aside from a lot of noise complaints and some minor fights, he said, police didn't deal with any serious altercations or drunken drivers.

"For the last several years, it's been like that," Gautney said, adding that in the early 1990s police would have spent their New Year's Eve busy from start to finish.

Police agencies in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania reported no major New Year's Eve disturbances.

One woman was killed in an accident on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, W.Va., on Thursday morning, but police still were investigating the cause of the crash.

- Pepper Ballard

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