Huntsville New Year’s Eve DUI arrests remain low


It’s not uncommon to see a spike in arrests on New Year’s Eve night. Thankfully, Tennessee Valley law enforcement officers say the number of DUI arrests on New Year’s Eve remain low. Several departments including Decatur, Madison and Huntsville reported little to no DUI arrests. 

Not to be mistaken, the North Alabama region typically does not see high arrest numbers on the holiday, but local officers believe this year was much more quiet than most. 

Law enforcement agencies believe Monday night’s potential for severe weather helped keep things under control. 

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office reported zero DUI arrests Monday night. According to MCSO Lieutenant Donny Shaw, outside of Bar Disturbance, the night was “uneventful.” 

“It was an untypical New Year’s for us,” he said. 

Last year Madison County only saw one DUI arrest. 

Huntsville Police Department saw more than Madison County, but their numbers aren’t high either. Last night HPD reported four total DUI arrests. That number is double what they saw last year.

The biggest call made last night for HPD involved shots being fired at somebody’s home. 

Around ten o’clock Monday night, officers responded to a home on Garden Park Drive. Officers say the owner of the home located several bullet holes on the outside of the residence. Once officers searched the exterior of the residence, they discovered bullet holes on the home as well as on the shed behind the home. 

No arrests were made in connection to the crime last night. The case is currently under further investigation.

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