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Dave Olson, Published January 01 2012

Alcohol fuels busy night for area jails

FARGO – More than 30 people were booked into the Cass and Clay county jails on New Year’s Eve, a night one officer described as filled with “alcohol-fueled busywork.”

Between 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, 25 people were booked into the Cass County Jail, 13 of them on suspicion of DUI, according to jail records.

Eleven people were booked into the Clay County Jail during the same window of time, eight of them on charges related to drinking and driving.

Fargo police received a report early Sunday of someone displaying a handgun in a hallway of the MainStay Suites hotel, 1901 44th St. S.

Jihad Allen-Bey, 23, Minot, N.D., was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, according to Fargo police Sgt. Jim VanLith, who said no serious injuries were reported Saturday night.

“A lot of it was just alcohol-fueled busywork. I guess that’s the best way to put it.” he said.

The situation was similar in Moorhead, according to police Sgt. Toby Krone.

“There was no big bar fight, melee, or anything like that. I would say it was a typical weekend night,” Krone said, adding that he was surprised by the number of DUI arrests, in light of the publicity given to beefed-up holiday patrols.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555