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Sheriff’s traffic unit makes felony DUI arrest on first day of ‘Joining Forces’



joiningforces-9671326-6143722The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces with several local law enforcement agencies in an effort to deter motorist from choosing to drive while impaired.  Along with personnel from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments and the Nevada Highway Patrol, the objective of this joint effort is to increase the number of patrolmen actively working to keep our roadways and highways as safe as they possibly can be by enforcing traffic laws.

Lonny Dee Bullis. Image provided by WCSO.On Friday, Feb. 1, at approximately 3:26 p.m., deputies with the Sheriff’s traffic unit arrested 57-year-old Lonny Dee Bullis in the 5700 block of Sun Valley Blvd.  on a felony DUI violation.  At the scene, deputies learned that Bullis had not possessed a valid driver’s license since 1975 and he was previously sentenced to the Nevada State Prison for a 1998 felony DUI conviction.  Bullis’ bail has been set at $31,990.

“Joining Forces” is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of DUI, seat belt, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety.  The purpose of this event is to educate the driving public in regard to the dangers of impaired driving and risks involved to those who choose to drive after consuming alcoholic beverages.

“It is imperative that motorists understand that driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is preventable” Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Avina said.  “Every community must have a zero tolerance stance towards irresponsible behaviors and actions taken by those who choose to take this risk.”

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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