Jul 28, 2014

Bel Air St. Paddy's Checkpoint Yields DUI, Drug Charges

Police said officers pulled over more than 300 people.

Bel Air St. Paddy's Checkpoint Yields DUI, Drug Charges
At a sobriety checkpoint designed to curb drunk driving during St. Patrick's Day weekend, police said offers pulled over six people and arrested three.

The checkpoint was located on MD Route 22 at Bynum Park, according to a statement from Maryland State Police.

From 11:08 p.m. Saturday to 1:43 a.m. Sunday, law enforcement officers from the Bel Air Police Department and the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack checked 353 vehicles, the statement said.

Six drivers were pulled over for additional field sobriety testing, three of whom were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

In addition, two motorists were charged with possession of drugs, police said.

Coordination among the JFK Highway Barrack, Bel Air Barrack, Bel Air Police Department, Level Volunteer Fire Company and the  State Police Impaired Driving Effort made the operation possible, according to police.

Officers called the initiative " Operation Don't Press Your Luck," with the intention of raising awareness about impaired driving around St. Patrick's Day and finding drunk drivers.

The number of drunk drivers during St. Paddy's weekend triples compared with other weekends, according to Maryland State Police, which reported troopers would be patrolling roads statewide.


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