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Durham sobriety checkpoint nets six arrests

Posted December 10, 2012

— Six motorists suspected of drunken driving were arrested during a DWI checkpoint Saturday night in Durham.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office conducted the checkpoint as part of the holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs through Jan. 2. The multi-agency checkpoint was held near the intersection of South Miami Boulevard and Ellis Road from 10 p.m. Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the six driving while impaired arrests, officers also issued 24 driving while license revoked citations, one seat belt violation, one child seat belt violation and 27 non-criminal traffic violations. They also recovered a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-year-old.

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  • same ole story Dec 12, 8:36 a.m.

    What a great use of resources. The overtime , thin man hour coverage and the taxpayers on the hook for the bill. 3 1/2 hours for 6, count em, 6 people. Now man up and go into the tough neighborhoods and get the people slinging drugs and the gang violence. Oh wait that would be too hard for these guys!!

  • renaissancemon Dec 10, 7:59 p.m.

    > Well if you don’t smell like alcohol and are not slurring your words you won’t get searched

    Excuse me? You have to search me first (my breath and speech) before you can know that stuff.

  • cuffusion Dec 10, 4:33 p.m.

    The sad part is that the average person in this Country has absolutely no idea about the real world around them.. the events and incidents that occur in their own towns and neighborhoods.. and they are blissful in their ignorance..

    For those like Road-wearier who seem to find this an intrusion beyond reason... great.. would you prefer suspension of all police services in your neighborhood?. I dont think that anyone would argue with an "opt out" program.. I am a absolute believer in personal rights.. but only to the point where they do not infringe upon the rights of others or endanger society as a whole..

    Its funny though.. those that complain about the Police the most call them for help in orders of magnitude higher than those who accept and appreciate the level of personal security this community offers them..

  • WooHoo2You Dec 10, 2:46 p.m.

    "If you think the the cops are an inconvienance at a DUI checkpoint you'll love what the accident does for you."

    Cool! Then you'll be fine with random searches of your home for kiddie porn, pot plants, and that huge stash of heroin you're planning to sell? What's that? You've none of that stuff? Funny - I don't drink and drive either, but you're happy to let me get randomly searched. Think about it.-Road-wearier

    Well if you don’t smell like alcohol and are not slurring your words you won’t get searched….

  • The Carolina Sweetheart Dec 10, 2:21 p.m.

    @ Kermit60... Very well said... I couldn't agree more!!!!

  • Road-wearier Dec 10, 2:19 p.m.

    "If you think the the cops are an inconvienance at a DUI checkpoint you'll love what the accident does for you."

    Cool! Then you'll be fine with random searches of your home for kiddie porn, pot plants, and that huge stash of heroin you're planning to sell? What's that? You've none of that stuff? Funny - I don't drink and drive either, but you're happy to let me get randomly searched. Think about it.

  • WooHoo2You Dec 10, 2:02 p.m.

    I find it strange that the same people who typically favor race based traffic stops or ID checks based on color / perceived ethnic group seem to think showing *their* driver license is a violation of their rights. What do they also say…”if you ain’t got nothing to hide, what’s the problem?!?”

  • 1UNC Dec 10, 1:56 p.m.

    Lone of these people get hit by a drunk driver with no license and no insurance. Then they will be mad because the police are not doing enough to get the drunks off the road.

  • baldchip Dec 10, 1:40 p.m.

    Is that all? How many got away??

  • Minarchist Dec 10, 1:39 p.m.

    "Just think how much more revenue, er, riff-raff could be taken care of if there was a 3 hour random search of homes instead of drivers." - renaissancemon

    Good idea! And when the Courts are jammed up w/Fourth Amendment lawsuits, what then???
    twoods7

    Nothing. I think the poster was being ssarcastic.

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