COLUMBIA — A sobriety checkpoint netted nine arrests Thursday night on Providence Road at Southampton Drive, the Columbia Police Department said Friday.
Less than half of those arrests — four — were made for driving while intoxicated.
The other five other arrests included one arrest for a minor in possession, one arrest for possession of narcotics, one arrest for driving with a suspended license and two for drivers with outstanding warrants.
Besides those arrests, 300 other drivers came in contact with police at the checkpoint. The checkpoint operated between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.
The checkpoint was conducted with help from the Hallsville Police Department as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "You Drink & You Drive, You Lose" holiday campaign against impaired driving.
“The Columbia Police Department will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober," Chris Hessenflow, Columbia Police Department DWI Enforcement Unit Officer, stated in a press release Friday.
Hessenflow could not be reached for further comment.