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ACPD: ‘This year was worse’

Published 12:46pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

Alexander City police rang in the new year with more alcohol-related arrests.

Lt. Randy Walters, public information officer with ACPD, said police made seven driving under the influence arrests, two minor in possession arrests and five arrests for public intoxication from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013.

Walters said ACPD did not receive any injury reports this New Year’s, but the number of arrests was greater than the same time period in 2012. He said the department made three driving under the influence arrests, one minor in possession arrest and one arrest for public intoxication between Dec. 28, 2011 and Jan. 1, 2012.

“This year was worse (than last year),” Walters said.

He said there were no fireworks problems and no alcohol-related accidents reported.

“Overall (New Year’s) was good,” Walters said. “We were a little busy with in different cases.”

Walters said another type of case keeping police busy this New Year’s was domestic violence incidents, which he believes spike as the consumption of alcohol increases.

“If you partake in too much alcohol, it unfortunately causes problems,” Walters said.

He said police did not set up any roadblocks for the New Year’s weekend but did patrol throughout the city.

“We patrolled businesses to make sure they were safe and secure,” Walters said. “We did our routine patrols and were a little more active patrolling in neighborhoods due to the holiday.”