New Year's Eve and New Year's Day kept local law enforcement busy responding to more than 200 incidents, including traffic stops, welfare checks and criminal damage reports.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day kept local law enforcement busy responding to more than 200 incidents total, including traffic stops, welfare checks and criminal damage reports.
Taos County Sheriff’s office, Taos Police Department, Taos Pueblo Tribal Police and New Mexico State Police handled the calls across Taos County.
Taos Police dealt with 30 calls from noon on New Year's Eve to noon on New Year's Day. The town's celebration often has law enforcement on high alert for alcohol-related incidents, but other issues arose during this year’s holiday.
“Law enforcement, in general, was busy New Year’s Eve,” said Taos Police Chief David Trujillo. “Taos County Sheriff deputies assisted Taos Police with some calls and Taos Police assisted sheriff deputies with calls as well.”
Town police were also involved in a high-speed chase that ended in the apprehension of the driver by sheriff’s deputies and tribal police on New Year’s Eve.
Town and county law enforcement agencies reported four traffic collisions during the evening.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the positive to the evening was that no serious injuries, shootings or deaths were reported.
According to Trujillo, this year was an uptick from last year’s criminal activity, which only saw 29 incidents filed compared this year’s 40. For 2018-19 New Year’s Eve, only one traffic collision was reported in the town.
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