SPD: New Year’s Eve crimes business as usual
Date posted: January 2, 2014
SHERIDAN — The New Year’s holiday kept the Sheridan Police Department busy running back and forth but no more than usual for a celebration centered on late night parties.
“Overall, it was what we’ve come to expect on New Year’s when there’s a large volume of alcohol and a large volume of people out,” Sgt. Travis Koltiska said.
Koltiska said there were several arrests throughout the night and into the day Wednesday.
A battery incident at Rails Brews and Cues at 2 a.m. Wednesday led to two arrests and a female victim being taken to Sheridan Memorial Hospital for injuries after being struck by her friend over a dispute. Natasha Nevel, 25, of Sheridan, was cited for battery. Another female acquaintance, Desiree Powell, 25, of Sheridan, was not directly involved in the battery but was arrested when it was discovered she had a warrant out for her arrest in Campbell County.
Peter Jefferson, 45, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday for public intoxication when a police officer observed him stumbling and struggling to maintain his balance on a building at the corner of Alger and Main streets. Jefferson’s blood alcohol level was .24, which is three times the legal limit of .08. Jefferson said he was trying to walk home, but he pointed to and was walking in the wrong direction.
Koltiska said it is possible to walk home drunk to refrain from driving but that it is possible to get a public intoxication citation when someone is so intoxicated they are a danger to themselves. With the snow, ice and cold temperatures early Wednesday, it was determined Jefferson was in danger.
At 4 a.m., a male subject reported being beaten by two other male subjects near My Buddy’s Place. It was discovered the fight was mutual, but the subjects were not apprehended as they were not Sheridan residents and left town. That case is still under investigation, Koltiska said.
There were three DUI arrests between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday. Another DUI arrest was made in relation to a crash at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Richard Wallace, 46, was cited for speeds too fast for conditions and failure to yield when entering a roadway.
Officers also responded to several reports of fireworks within city limits, which is illegal, and possible firearm shots near the south end of town at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday that have not been confirmed.
The police department did have extra enforcement out.
“We do usually try to plan for those events and get extra bodies out,” Koltiska said. “This one we were able to handle with what he had. We are currently short-staffed, and we are working on it.”
Koltiska said weekend holidays are usually busier than week day holidays but that it was still a busy couple of days.