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Minimal number of arrests made during holidays

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Both Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison and Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the number of arrests during the New Year's holiday were down this year.

On Wednesday, both Harrison and Heaton reported minimal problems during the two-day holiday.

"Overall, it was pretty quiet," Harrison said. "It was not bad at all. There was nothing real major."

Harrison said typically, officials in law enforcement head into the holiday thinking the worst. It makes it that much better when the holiday provides few hassles.

"The past two to three (New Year's holidays), it's been really quiet," Harrison added. "I think there's a different age group out there that is more responsible."

Harrison said law enforcement's Operation Pullover has helped as well.

Heaton said the sheriff's department had minor problems as well.

"We were still busy, but there was nothing substantial," Heaton said. "There was nothing out of the ordinary."

However, Heaton said there was one incident with a man who had battered his girlfriend had barricaded himself in his house. But after a few minutes, Heaton said the man -- who had been drinking -- ended the standoff, surrendering to deputies.

Heaton said the arrest numbers were down this year compared to last year.

From Dec. 31, 2006, to Jan. 1, 2007, Heaton said there were three driving while intoxicated arrests to go along with three public intoxication arrests, one minor consumption arrest and one possession of marijuana arrest.

However, the numbers dwindled this year. From Dec. 31, 2007, to Jan. 1, 2008, Heaton reported one DUI, a public intoxication, a minor consumption and two domestic battery arrests.

He attributed this year's numbers being down to the heavy winds the area faced Monday evening.

"A lot of it, believe it or not, depends on the weather," Heaton said.

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