More than 500 people were arrested for DUI by police, sheriff’s and highway patrol in Elko County in 2011. Nearly 200 of them just within the city limits. More than 10,000 people died in the United States last year in alcohol-related crashes. As Elko Police Capt. Will Lehmann said in an interview last week, we have a DUI problem in Elko.

 

Judy Swett is standing on the stage of the GBC Theatre and she’s biting her lip, staring out at 150 people who are staring back at her. Most of the audience is made up of DUI offenders, here for a court-ordered Victim Impact Panel that tries to make real the human cost of driving under the i…

ELKO — Rachelle Smith really wishes she still had that extra $3,200 in her bank account. Smith was saving up for a new car and the money would’ve really come in handy for the payments on it. All it took was a fun day drinking at a golf tournament in Spring Creek, and one DUI arrest, to make …

ELKO — Becky Anthony has seen some busy nights in the Stray Dog Pub & Cafe. On crowded weekends, it can be difficult to move inside the small space on Fifth Street, with boisterous laughter thundering from tables of people celebrating the end of a long week. It’s common to see the crowd …

ELKO — Last year, an Elko mother planned for a night of drinks. Before the girls’ night out, she hired a sitter, and knowing that she would likely consume enough alcohol to put her over the legal blood-alcohol driving limit of .08, planned to taxi home.

ELKO — The two men were clearly intoxicated as they entered the taxi and asked the driver to head to McDonald’s, one of the few restaurants that are open late during the weekends.