Police make arrests, dole out citations at late-night checkpoint

Monday, August 31, 2009 | 11:47 a.m. CDT; updated 3:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 31, 2009

COLUMBIA — Area police departments operated a sobriety checkpoint in the 1200 block of Grindstone Parkway late Saturday night, according to a release. Police checked 698 vehicles during the operation, which took place from from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.

At the checkpoint, 70 drivers could not provide proof of insurance. Other violations included seven arrests for driving while intoxicated; 13 arrests or citations on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol; four arrests or citations on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; and three arrests or citations on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The checkpoint took place as part of the “You Drink & Drive. You Lose” statewide campaign that started Aug. 19.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 31, 2009 | 3:09 p.m.

They should all be given 200 hours of community service and the max fines possible by law.

It is about time our judges stand up and send a message this is no longer tolerated behavior on our nations,state,county ans city roadways.

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John Schultz August 31, 2009 | 9:43 p.m.

One has to wonder why this particular checkpoint would be checking for licenses and insurance if the stated reason is searching for drunks.

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