DUI Strike Force makes several arrests around Las Vegas on New Year's Eve

One drive under the influence crashed into a police cruiser while it was stopped processing another drunk driver Tuesday morning. (KSNV)

The Las Vegas valley's DUI Strike Force says 32 drunk drivers ended up behind bars to begin the new year.

Officers say they were really busy. One officer was even injured while giving a ticket to a suspected DUI driver after another allegedly impaired driver slammed into the patrol unit.

"I think 32 is a huge number of arrests for one night," Traffic safety expert Erin Breen said.

Breen says the number of suspected DUI drivers arrested on New Year's Eve is not a surprise.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's newly formed DUI Strike Force was very active. Police ended up making 32 arrest as of 5 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Breen says since the DUI Srike Force started a couple of weeks ago, it's made a great impact in the valley.

"I know coming into it we were well over 200 in a very short period of time," Breen said. "My guess now is they are knocking on the door close to 300 drunk drivers."

Just before 5 a.m., a suspected drunk driver slammed into a police cruiser near Paradise and Flamingo.

Two police officers were already investigating a DUI accident when the collision happened.

The crash hurt an officer, sending him to the hospital. A police motorcycle also ended up getting mangled from the impact on the police cruiser.

"It's amazing to me that that many people have all the options, that you have still make the bad decision of getting behind the car after driving," Breen said.

Officers also report during Monday night's stops they arrested a six-time convicted DUI driver. Breen says in a short time the DUI Strike Force is doing an amazing job.

"We always said you are going to get caught, but now chances you are going to get caught," Breen said.

According to Trooper Jason Buratczuk, Nevada Highway Patrol made 23 DUI arrests and worked 11 property damage crashes, 11 injury crashes and three hit-and-runs.

The injury crashes were non-life threatening.

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