New Year’s Eve keeps police busy

2013-01-01T19:54:00Z 2013-01-01T20:02:54Z New Year’s Eve keeps police busyKERANA TODOROV Napa Valley Register
January 01, 2013 7:54 pm  • 

Police officers and firefighters were plenty busy New Year’s Eve in Napa, responding to incidents throughout the night.

Police, which included two extra officers charged with stopping motorists suspected of drunken driving and other violations, also arrested four people for driving under the influence and two for driving with a suspended driver’s license, according to police. The two extra officers were working New Year’s Eve, thanks to a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

Early Tuesday morning, police responded to a fight involving a dozen people in the 500 block of Main Street near the Napa Riverfront, according to the Napa Fire and Napa Police departments. One of the suspects arrested on Main Street allegedly had cocaine in his possession, according to Napa police.

Sgt. Brian Campagna, one of two extra officers on the road New Year’s Eve, arrested the 24-year-old suspect after booking another 24-year-old man on a warrant. He didn’t have to go far. The jail exit is on Main Street.

“It was pretty darn busy,” Campagna said.

Michael Galyen, general manager at Morimoto Napa in the 500 block of Main Street, said the fight occurred after the restaurant closed at 2 a.m. while staff was cleaning. There were a lot of police lights. “It didn’t involve any of our staff,” he noted.

The Napa Fire Department was busy as well. Firefighters responded to 15 calls, between 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, including a crash reported at 8:14 p.m. at Jefferson and First streets, said Napa Fire Capt. Steve Becker. One person suffered moderate injuries in the two-vehicle crash, he said.

Jefferson Street was shut down for about 30 minutes, Becker said.

In addition, firefighters responded at 8 p.m. to a chimney fire on Lone Oak Court, Becker said. The fire, which was confined to the chimney, was quickly extinguished, he said. The fire did not extend to the residence and there were no injuries, he said.

There were also “numerous” medical calls, Becker said. “It was busy,” he said.

During the holidays, Napa police’s grant paid for extra units countywide, including officers from Napa Police Department, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the American Canyon Police, Calistoga and St. Helena police departments.

Since Dec. 14, the extra units have made 105 vehicle stops countywide, arrested eight motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence and impounded five vehicles from motorists driving with suspended driver’s license, Campagna said. The officers also attempted to serve 23 warrants, arrested seven people in the process, police said. The officers also made two felony drug arrests, he said.

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