Festive and peaceful New Year's Eve in SF

January 1, 2010 11:48:42 AM PST
Hundreds of thousands rang in the new year watching fireworks along San Francisco's Embarcadero.

The party atmosphere meant an increase in the number of the police on the streets; on Broadway Street for example, some people say police outnumbered partiers.

The night was not without its problems, one person was hospitalized in San Francisco after being stabbed just blocks from the fireworks. It happened at Pier 35 just after midnight. Police say the victim did not have life threatening injuries. At least one person has been detained for questioning in connection with the stabbing.

Police say several people were also detained for minor infractions, mostly involving alcohol, but also note that, for the most part, the crowd was extremely calm and orderly.

One of those alcohol related incidents happened at the Bay Bridge toll plaza, at about 2:30 Friday morning.

A pickup truck simply stopped with the engine running in one of the lanes under the West Grand overpass. The driver and the passenger apparently passed out.

Officers were able to wake the driver and then arrested him for suspected drunk driving. The passenger had to be carried out of the car. He too was eventually taken away in handcuffs.