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Area sees no spike in holiday arrests

Despite lack of 'detox' center, fewer people than anticipated spent time in jail during New Year's weekend

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Fewer people than anticipated spent time in area jails during the New Year's Day weekend, officials said Wednesday.

While law enforcement agencies remained busy responding to calls and making arrests, the intake area at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County did not see the influx of people that was expected -- especially without a local "detox" center.

"We were not as busy as I had anticipated," said Tabitha Taylor, local inmate data system technician for the regional jail, which now sees all people charged public intoxication in Frederick and Clarke counties and Winchester.

The regional jail saw eight "committals" Saturday -- people taken to the facility for criminal charges, probation violations or bond revocations, according to Taylor. Of that number, the jail had four committals for public intoxication, two for driving under the influence, one for disorderly conduct and one for a probation violator who had been charged with driving on a suspended license, Taylor said.

Activity picked up on Sunday with double the number of committals, according to Taylor.

The jail saw five people brought in for public intoxication, three for driving under the influence, two for possession of drugs, one for rape, one for first-degree murder and a gun charge, and one for assault, Taylor said. The total also included one person brought to the jail for failing to pay child support, one for a bond revocation and one for contempt of court, according to Taylor.

Comparative data for the previous two-day period was not available, Taylor said. The jail had information collected by month only, she noted.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office stayed busy over the weekend, according to Maj. Scott Proctor. But the number of people arrested for charges often linked to parties, such as alcohol-related offenses, did not appear more than normal, Proctor said Wednesday.

"Now we were busy, maybe a little bit more busy than normal with just your normal calls," Proctor added.

The Shenandoah County jail had 89 inmates on Wednesday, according to Proctor, which he called "pretty high." The population averaged between 85 and 89 during the holiday season.

Warren County's jail had a slight decrease in the number of people brought in for alcohol-related offenses during the holiday weekend, according to Sheriff Daniel McEathron. The jail had six "lock-ups" this year compared to eight last New Year's holiday, McEathron said.

Warren County deputies remained busy, but no more so than usual, the sheriff noted.
"It was about average," McEathron said. "I mean it wasn't anything overwhelming that would give us any concern. It was a pretty normal New Year's Eve and New Year's Day."

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