Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2002

New Year’s Eve uneventful for area police departments

January 9, 2002

Area police departments had few problems with driver sobriety New Year's Eve.

Officers from the Basehor, Edwardsville and Bonner Springs police departments had few or no alcohol or drug-related traffic violations while residents rang in the New Year.

Of the three, the Basehor Police Department was the only one to make an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Basehor Police Chief Vince Weston said the DUI arrest was the first his officers had made in two years on New Year's Eve.

Typically, the celebratory night is quiet in the city of Basehor.

"People are more aware now," Weston said. "Designated driver programs are apparently working and folks are aware law enforcement on that night is up."

And while the Police Department remains alert during New Year's Eve, Weston said there were no additional police officers on patrol.

"We just had the normal shifts going like we always do," Weston said.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department also reported few problems on New Year's Eve.

The Sheriff's Department received some calls for service on New Year's Eve, but there were no arrests made for DUIs.

All fronts were also quiet in Edwardsville and Bonner Springs.

"We just had the normal amount of traffic. Nothing unusual," said Edwardsville Police Chief John Ellison.

Bonner Springs Police Chief John Haley said his department had few problems on New Year's Eve.

"It seemed like it was pretty quiet," Haley said.

Although Haley doesn't believe there were any arrests made for DUIs, he said that's not always the case.

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