Police Make Several DUI Arrests on New Year's
Bedford, VA - It was a busy New Year's last night for police officers, trying to keep drunk drivers off the roads.
Police say they were successful with no one getting hurt or killed in the middle of the festivities, while making several arrests for DUI, drunk in public, and underage possession.
The night ended early for Sara East. She was stopped around 11 p.m. on Blue Ridge Avenue after police say she drove the wrong way briefly on Route 460 pulling into the Days Inn.
Booked just 20 minutes after midnight on DUI and underage possession charges, East is Bedford's very first inmate of 2014.
Heather Callahan didn't have a long ride in the back of the patrol car. She was pulled over on Independence Boulevard less than a mile from the jail for DUI just before 2 a.m.
Callahan was also booked for driving without a license.
Bedford County Deputies stopped James Maxey around 5:20 a.m. New Year's Day for his second DUI charge in less than five years.
"They seem to have a busier night than I would have expected," said Bedford Police Lieutenant Todd Foreman, looking over the numbers.
Foreman says New Year's is typically quiet in town because people know extra officers will be out.
"[We're] definitely going to be out looking for DUIs and things like that," said Senior Specialist Mike Howard before he hit the streets of Lynchburg Tuesday night.
Lynchburg Police found what they were looking for with three DUI arrests in the city.
The party apparently started early for David Archer, booked for DUI around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Florence Ayers didn't make it to midnight. Her DUI charge was placed just before 11:30 p.m.
Tammy Span at least rang in the New Year before going to jail. Her booking was at 4:40 a.m.
Lynchburg Police say they had five shots fired calls; people firing celebratory shots for the New Year. There were 10 calls for disorderly conduct, three drunk in public arrests, and two noise complaints.