The New Year weekend on the North Coast, overall, was quiet, with four drunk-driving arrests, although one talking point was a wreck involving an Astoria Police car responding to a call.

The cold weather may have been a factor in the quiet weekend, said Astoria Assistant Police Chief Alan Oja.

Temperatures hovered in the 30s all weekend and seemed to discourage a lot of extra activity, but there was a little mayhem early on New Year’s Day.

At 2:54 a.m., Astoria police received a report that someone had just broken a window at Thiel's Music, at 1375 Commercial Street. Two windows were damaged and the cost is estimated at $2,000. A window was also broken in a nearby phone booth, with damage estimated at $200.

On Sunday morning, at 8:04 a.m., a Thiel’s Music store employee caught a woman as she reached through one of the broken windows and tried to leave with a guitar, Oja said.

Astoria police arrested Celeste Starr Akers, 23. She faces charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree theft. 

Astoria Police Officer Tim Gillum arrested Akers and took her to the Clatsop County Jail.

Not quite two hours later, he was responding to a call of a possible burglary – the police car’s lights and sirens were activated – when another car collided with his at the intersection of 33rd Street and Lief Erickson Drive.

No one was injured and the crash is being investigated by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office. No further details were available.

Across Oregon, State Police arrested more people on New Year’s Eve night for driving under the influence of intoxicants than last year.

Increased enforcement efforts by OSP troopers, county deputies and city police officers continued through Sunday night during the national “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” crackdown.

OSP troopers reported a total of 41 DUII arrests around the state New Year’s Eve night, 18 of which were after midnight. Last year, troopers reported 34 DUII arrests. For the whole weekend, OSP troopers arrested 79 drivers for DUII, up from the 70 reported during last year’s New Year’s Holiday period.

The Astoria Area Command reported four DUII arrests over the whole weekend.

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