Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Jan 14, 2021 - 8:25AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make multiple DUI arrests during holiday season Joining Forces impaired driving campaign

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


Eight DUI suspects were arrested by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in a Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces impaired driving event scheduled around the holiday season. 

From December 21, 2020 through January 4, 2021, the Sheriff’s Office joined the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Nevada Highway Patrol for a campaign focused at increasing traffic safety by reducing impaired driving.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 53 traffic stops. Although a driver may be stopped for one violation, several other violations may be observed during the subsequent investigation making it possible that a driver may be issued citations for numerous violations.

The total number of arrests, citations, assists, and warnings by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies during this event was 56:

8        DUI arrests
0        DUI assist
3        Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
0        Seat belt violations
0        Child seat violations
5        Speed violations
0        Pedestrian at fault violations
0        Driver at fault violations
0        Distracted driving violations
0        Arrest
0        Fugitive
0        Drivers’ license violations
2        Registration violations
1        Equipment violations
0        No proof of insurance
0        Reckless driving
0        Red light running
1        Failure to Yield
1        All other citations
35      Warnings
0        Drowsy/Fatigue

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: impaired driving, distracted driving, seat belt, speed, and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.

The Sheriff’s Office participation in these Joining Forces campaigns is made possible by grant funding received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety. 

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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