Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Mar 17, 2021 - 3:29PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff reminds residents to not push their luck on St. Patrick’s Day

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam is reminding residents to not push their luck on St. Patrick’s Day, and to not drink and drive.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is known for drinking beer and celebrating Irish heritage, but party safely,” said Sheriff Balaam. “The last thing anyone wants to see is a family broken by a horrific crash because someone was behind the wheel while impaired. I urge all Leprechauns tonight – plan ahead and have a safe ride home.”

Since March 1, 2021 there have been 107 people booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility for DUI.

“As always, Washoe County Sheriff deputies are working to keep our roads safe – tonight and every night,” continued Sheriff Balaam. “Paying for a safe ride home is not going to cost you a pot of gold, but a DUI might.”


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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