New Year’s brings three DWI's, one small fire

It was a relatively quiet New Year’s for the Abbeville Police and Fire Department. Three DWIs and a small grass fire were some of the more eventful occurrences of the evening.

Abbeville Police Chief Rick Coleman said that New Year’s Eve night led to several calls about shots fired around midnight; however, no persons were arrested.

“Overall, it was a quiet night,” Coleman said.

Police did respond to an accident at approximately 1 a.m. Chief Coleman said the driver of the vehicle was at fault for the accident, and was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Coleman was not able to respond to whether or not the DWI was the driver’s first offense.

The accident occurred at the intersection of John Hardy Road and the bypass, which Coleman stated was the “second most dangerous intersection in Abbeville.” Coleman said Acadian Ambulance responded to the scene and reported only minor injuries.

Abbeville police also responded to two additional DWI arrests New Year’s Eve, but the names were not released when this story went to press.

Abbeville Fire Chief Elvin Michaud said firefighters were called to extinguish a small grass fire caused by fireworks New Year’s Eve. The Fire Chief reported that units were called to 11238 Veterans Memorial and quickly put out a small patch of grass that had ignited because of fireworks. The fire was “nothing major,” Michaud said. This was the only fireworks related fire reported in the City over the holiday. Lighting fireworks inside the city limits is not allowed; however, no persons were arrested in this instance.

Chief Coleman added there will be a DWI checkpoint in Abbeville this Saturday and warns drivers not to drink and drive.

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