RCMP across the territory were busy with many violent drug and alcohol related incidents on New Year's Eve and into the next day.

The police say they responded to 144 calls that included 11 assaults, 22 instances of disturbing the peace, 16 instances of mischief and three traffic collisions. There were also 11 impaired driving charges laid.

In one Whitehorse incident, a citizen helped an officer subdue a violent suspect, RCMP said. Police were called about an intoxicated man threatening people at a home on the North Klondike Highway. The man assaulted another male and threatened to kill him before leaving the home, according to police.

When an RCMP officer found the suspect, the 37-year-old man became violent with the officer.  A passing motorist stopped and helped the officer control the male until additional police arrived. The man then later tried to choke out a guard at the Whitehorse jail who was helping him telephone a lawyer, police say.

The man is facing numerous charges.

Man with loaded gun talked out of his home by police

RCMP in Ross River contended with a man who threatened to shoot his spouse. According to police, the man's spouse fled the home with her children as the man was loading a gun. A perimeter was established around the house and the man eventually surrendered after a conversation with police.

Officers were called to deal with fights at several homes in Whitehorse, Haines Junction and Watson Lake, a fight at Lizards Nightclub in Whitehorse and an incident in a Whitehorse taxi-cab when one passenger tried to take a bottle of alcohol from a second passenger. In two separate incidents, police in Whitehorse arrested two drunk males who were stepping into traffic. Police say one of the men fought with an officer.

Corporal Natasha Dunmall, enhanced policing coordinator of the Whitehorse RCMP, says that assaults on nights of heavy drinking, such as New Years Eve, are not unusual, but that people fighting with police is not a normal occurrence and the man threatening his spouse with a loaded gun is not a typical incident.