The new year crept into Lawrence under rainy skies, bringing with it a fairly active night for the city police department.
"It was about an average New Year's Eve," said Sgt. George Wheeler of the Lawrence Police Department. "I would characterize it as busy."
Lawrence police made three arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The OUI arrests were made without the benefit of the previously announced "check lanes" around town, as rain and manpower needs curtailed that plan.
Wheeler reported that "three or four" automobile accidents occurred Tuesday night and early today in the city. Accident reports were not available this morning, but he said either no injuries were reported or that the injuries were minor.
Wheeler said the police also responded to three domestic fights and three other altercations overnight.
Sheriff Loren Anderson said the only calls of note that his department responded to were four automobile-deer accidents in the county. No injuries were reported.
"I stick with people being more aware of drunk driving," he said when asked about the quiet evening.
Likewise, Les Hutchinson, owner of Lawrence Dealer Services, a local towing company that offered free tows for inebriated drivers, said business was "very slow" overnight.
"I hope that means they went to a party and stayed or had a designated driver," he said.
Neither Hutchinson nor A-1 City Cab, which operated the "Tipsy Taxi" service, could provide the number of calls they received for the free rides.