COLUMBIA — Police arrested eight people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated during sobriety checkpoints late Friday night and early Saturday morning.
The first checkpoint stopped traffic going both directions at the intersection of Broadway and West Boulevard, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. The checkpoint began shortly after 10 p.m. and lasted for about two hours. During the checkpoint, 531 drivers were checked.
The second checkpoint was located at Broadway and Old 63 and was conducted early Saturday. Only eastbound traffic was stopped, and 249 drivers were stopped.
In addition to the eight DWI arrests, police made 10 other arrests. They were:
- three on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance;
- one on suspicion of possession of an imitation of a controlled substance;
- one on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia;
- two for driving with suspended or revoked drivers' licenses;
- two for driving without licenses;
- and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The checkpoints were funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.