For Immediate Release
PR #:1900101
Date Issued:Sep 27, 2019 - 10:58am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies make a dozen DUI arrests during late summer Joining Forces campaign

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

One dozen DUI suspects were taken off the streets by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies participating in a Nevada Department of Public Safety Joining Forces DUI event scheduled around the Labor Day holiday.  

From August 25 through September 10, 2019, 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 DUIs.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to this effort initiated a total of 135 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 150:

12      DUI arrests
4        Field Sobriety Tests conducted/driver passed
7        felony drug arrests
4        outstanding fugitive arrests
21      speeding violations
16      distracted driving
4        running a red light
1        reckless driving
19      motor vehicle registration violations
2        driver's license related violations
27      vehicle equipment violations
1        child seat violation
15      all other citations
17      warnings

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, 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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