DWI patrol results in six arrests

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:58 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested six people and issued 22 warnings as part of a DWI saturation patrol last weekend.

Four Sheriff's Department deputies began the saturation in south Columbia near both Grindstone Parkway and South Route K and moved toward the north side of town during the patrol, said Brian Leer, a sergeant with the Sheriff's Department.

The DWI saturation patrol started at 11 p.m. Saturday and ended at 3 a.m. Sunday.

During the patrol, deputies conducted 20 traffic stops, resulting in three DWI arrests and one arrest for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. An arrest for resisting arrest by fleeing occurred after a driver attempted to flee on foot from the traffic stop, a news release from the department stated.

The department received the $500 grant through Partners in Prevention, which is headquartered at MU. The grant funded four deputies' overtime while they worked the patrol. Partners in Prevention works with universities and law enforcement to increase enforcement of alcohol-related laws.

"The goal is basically to address the alcohol misuse," Leer said.

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