Police work to keep drunk drivers off the roads New Years Eve

Raleigh County
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With New Year’s Eve Monday night the Beckley Police Department had their hands full with an above average call volume. 

Sgt. Jamie Blume said holidays like New Years Eve and the Fourth of July are especially busy for law enforcement. 

Blume said they dealt with a lot of DUI-related calls, but they did not see the usual violent incidents that happen during this holiday. 

“We just had some bad decisions, some stupidity to put it a little bit more bluntly, but our guys were out patrolling and I think that’s a testament to our professionalism and they did a good job getting a lot of DUIs off the street, we got several DUIs,” Blume said. “We had a couple vehicle pursuits and a couple of traffic accidents, so we were aggressive out there working traffic.”

He said police had one incident of celebratory gunfire into the air last night. Blume said he is proud of the department for acting fast and mitigating danger. 

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