Drunken shenanigans in Placer's high country but July 4 celebrants keep a check on DUI, fires

Law enforcement, public safety officials report a fairly quiet Independence Day
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - The Auburn-area?s July Fourth celebration was a muted one in terms of law-enforcement and fire calls. For the California Highway Patrol, the absence of a state grant resulted in no July 4 driving-under-the-influence checkpoint and no DUI arrests on patrolled roads, according to the Auburn office. There was one crash but that didn?t result in any injuries to persons aboard a vehicle that left the road and ran into a wrought?iron fence on Barton Road in the Granite Bay area, Officer Nico Bonfilio said the crash was determined to be non-alcohol related. ?It was a relatively quiet July 4,? Bonfilio said. Cal Fire also reported no celebrations getting out of hand Wednesday and requiring fire suppression or medical attention for mishaps. Capt. Travis Bowersox said no fires caused by fireworks were reported in the Auburn area, although Cal Fire did field a couple of complaints related to illegal fireworks. Fireworks are banned in the Auburn area because of wildland fire dangers. The Placer County Sheriff?s Office was also reporting no DUI arrests ? or ?boating under the influence? charges on waters patrolled by the office. Sheriff?s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said reports from the county?s patrol areas indicated a quiet day, with the Kings Beach-Tahoe area perhaps requiring a little more attention. ?Drunken shenanigans,? but no related arrests were reported, she said. Minors were taken into custody after a theft of alcohol from the Kings Beach Safeway and released to their parents, Erwin added. The Auburn 4th of July fireworks drew a crowd and Auburn Police were out in force for both the parade prior to the bombastic display and the colorful event itself. Police Chief John Ruffcorn said traffic took about an hour to clear from the fairgrounds area after the final fireworks just after 10 p.m. and that was a normal amount of time. ?People filter in over the course of four hours and then try to get out in 15 minutes,? Ruffcorn said. The traffic flow was orderly, with officers located in high-volume areas to assist if congestion became unmanageable with regular traffic signals, Ruffcorn said. Auburn Police reported one DUI arrest overnight Wednesday. But it wasn?t a fireworks celebrant. Ruffcorn said the suspect was arrested on the DUI charge after speeding and driving too close to another vehicle.