Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

SFPD Offering Rides To Tipsy Revelers Sunday.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

New Year's Eve revelers who drink too much can hitch a free ride home this year with the Santa Fe Police Department if they're willing to be searched and submit to a computer background check.

The Police Department is encouraging any Santa Fe resident who overdoes it within the city to call (505) 955-5080 for a ride with patrols that aren't already occupied.

"Officers must search riders for safety purposes prior to riding in our police cars," according to a written release from the department.

The search of handbags and clothing is a department-wide policy for anyone riding in a police vehicle, Deputy Chief Beverly Lennen said. …

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