The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department maintains that it is focused on reducing drunken driving. But the agency is making far fewer such arrests than it used to, according to statistics.
In 1999, the department arrested 80 people for DWI, almost as many as the Las Vegas Police Department, according to a study by a state-funded consultant. Since then, the number has dropped sharply — 53 in 2000, 21 in 2001, 12 in 2002 and 4 in 2003.
The county no longer benefits from such reports because of a lack of funding.