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Riders crowd New Year’s Eve buses

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY New Year’s Eve revelers seemed to get the message this year: If you’ve been drinking, find a different way to get home besides driving yourself.”We did see a lot of people taking the buses, we did see quite a few designated drivers, which was awesome,” Sheriff John Minor said.From 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1, the Summit County Jail booked in four people arrested for DUI, while nine people were placed in detox due to high levels of intoxication, Minor said.Meanwhile, the free Summit Stage bus service, recorded high ridership on that night.”Our late night service was up about 1,000 people over last New Year’s Eve, so that’s a pretty strong number,” Stage operations manager Jim Smith said, adding that numbers were slightly heavier for the entire holiday weekend compared to last year. Smith said 24,000 more people rode the Summit Stage in December compared with the same month last year.The number of people booked into the jail for DUI on New Year’s Eve night doesn’t necessarily account for everyone stopped for suspected drunken driving because some jurisdictions will release the offender to a sober person, Minor said.Broken down, the Frisco Police Department reported one DUI, one DWAI and one detox on New Year’s Eve; Silverthorne Police reported two DUIs and a detox; the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported one DUI; and the Breckenridge Police Department had two DUIs on Jan. 1.The Sheriff’s Office also responded to several fights, a trespassing and two noise complaints on New Year’s Eve night.”It was busy,” said Minor, who was out on patrol that evening.The Silverthorne and Frisco police departments both prepared for a busier night than officers ended up seeing.”We staffed up for it because we had a busy New Year’s Eve the previous year, but it was slower,” Frisco Chief Tom Wickman said.Frisco Police cited a man for trespassing on Dec. 31 after he boarded a Summit Stage bus. The man is prohibited from riding the bus due to past incidents. In a separate event Saturday, Sheriff’s deputies had to stop a Summit Stage bus in Dillon because a man onboard was threatening to shoot himself, said Sheriff’s spokesperson Paulette Horr. Horr said it didn’t appear as though the man actually carried a gun on the bus, and said that the other passengers weren’t in danger.Breck woman died of natural causesBreckenridge resident Debra Graham, 50, who passed away on Saturday night died from natural causes, Coroner Joanne Richardson said Tuesday after an autopsy was completed on Graham.The cause of death is pulmonary embolus, meaning that a clot obstructed the blood flow in Graham’s lungs, Richardson said.Graham and her husband ran a bingo supply company.Busy buses on New Year’s Eve+ 1,000: The extra number of riders on the Stage this New Year’s, as opposed to last+ 24,000: The increase in Stage ridership in Dec. 2006 versus Dec. 2005Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at nformosa@summitdaily.com.

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