ELKO — Nevada Highway Patrol and sheriff’s deputies arrested seven people for DUI offenses over the weekend, according to Elko County Jail booking reports.
The uptick in DUI arrests — there are commonly one to three on a given winter weekend — could be attributed to the Super Bowl weekend drinking or a Joining Forces campaign by NHP and the sheriff’s office, said Sheriff Jim Pitts.
Most of the arrests were concentrated in the downtown area, aside from one on Mountain City Highway and Idaho Street that ended in charges of child abuse.
Troopers pulled over Elko resident William C. Mellos, 30, for speeding, according to booking reports.
They found that Mellos had been drinking and there was a child in the car who was not restrained.
Mellos was booked on charges of DUI and speeding as well as charges of child abuse and child restraint violation for having the child in the car without a seat belt or safety seat.
His bail was set at $3,456.
The Elko Police Department did not participate in the Joining Forces campaign this weekend because they lacked the personnel to cover the shift, said Lt. Ty Trouten.
Agencies in Nevada will sometimes team up at different times of the year for the Joining Forces campaigns on targeted weekends — such as this Super Bowl weekend — to crack down on specific offenses, especially DUI.