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Wake deputies conduct DWI checkpoint

Posted May 31, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

— Wake County sheriff’s deputies turned their sights on those who drink and drive at checkpoint just outside southeastern Raleigh on Saturday night.

The checkpoint at Poole and Barwell roads yielded 134 charges, said Phyllis Stephens, public-information director of the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

“We pick out different areas throughout the county where we’ve had problems, where there’s been a lot of wrecks lately or there’s been complaints of speeding,” Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Charges against motorists from Saturday included eight for driving while impaired and three felony drug offenses, as well as 24 for driving with a revoked license and another 24 for driving without a driver's license. The other charges were for various motor-vehicle infractions.

Harrison said his department conducts the checkpoints every few months, and that practice "pay(s) off," because it makes people rethink drinking and driving.

“What we try to do is let people know, ‘Hey, you can’t drive and drink. You can’t drive without a driver’s license. You can’t drive and haul dope,’" Harrison said. "And the best thing to do is have these checkpoints and work it like crazy."

Sobriety checkpoints netted more than 4,000 DWI arrests statewide during one month-long period in 2007.

Last Sunday in Raleigh, a DWI-related crash on the Inner Beltline left three people dead.

Francisco Javier Martinez, 30, of 1925 Village Squire Circle in Knightdale, was charged with DWI, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle, two counts of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, and one count each of driving the wrong direction and driving without a license.

Martinez was traveling westbound in an eastbound lane when his van collided with a Lexus near the on-ramp from Capital Boulevard, police said.


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  • ruthpauly Jun 2, 2008

    I agree that the deputies are not generating revenue for themselves but the city is. I am a law abiding person with not as much as a speeding ticket in the last 7 years, and I am seeing a decline in our personal freedoms post 9/11 (wiretaps, e-mail watch, no search warrants, check-points) Just hate to see it come to this.


  • thepeopleschamp Jun 2, 2008

    ruth, I've never heard of South Light Ind. but it sounds like they make money the same way a lawyer does. I just wanted it to be clear that the Deputies working the checkpoint are NOT generating reveue for themselves.
    I have no problem stopping for a checkpoint, it takes less time than stopping for a red light. I don't see that as intrusive.

  • oldschooltarheel Jun 2, 2008

    Wanna bet the loudest complainers about DUI checkpoints are those who wanna get a "snootful" (hat tip to another WRAL blogger, perhaps Haggisbasher)? One is supposed to operate a vehicle with "papers" in possession - namely a valid driver's license, vehicle registration & proof of minimum insurance. If one can not or will not not do what is necessary to secure & possess these papers while operating a motorized vehicle (especially with the aforementioned "snootful" on board - I believe it has always been a matter to be ticketed or detained. At least in the United States. Of course one doesn't need "papers" to use shank's mare or even a mule (wassat?). Driving is a privilege - not a RIGHT, though over-entitled functional illiterates are likely unable to make this distinction as it doesn't jive with what their id is jonesing for.

  • ruthpauly Jun 2, 2008

    Anitov I will address the question about revenue from a DWI checkpoint. The police will not directly get it but a great new org. called SOUTH LIGHT industries. This is set up by the city and they collect aroud $1500 per DUI and un-told other amounts for drug possesion. It really is a neat system you pay your fines and you get your record cleared for your first offence. For your second offence you have to pay double and it stays on your record. It is a great way to make money and let folks rack up more charges and just pay more to get out of trouble. Great system..... I was sure we used to be able to travel from point a to b with out "Your papers please".


  • Lyle Jun 2, 2008

    Bingo, Rolling Along, so I therefore ask by what other means are we to remedy this problem? The ignorant, nose-thumbing scofflaws who choose to get behind the wheel, with either a revoked license (they've ALREADY been caught for something, yet choose to continue to drive) and/or no insurance, or hauling dope, or other such undesirable activity, need to be taken down and obviously the only effective means is to stop 'em, check 'em out, and flush out the lawbreakers. It's effective, no doubt about that. I just wish they would conduct these checkpoints more ofeten and UNANNOUNCED, and even in some of the more upscale communities. Some of those folks are the worst "do you know who I am?" they are fond of asking the officer.........

  • oldschooltarheel Jun 2, 2008

    As far as the PRIVILEGE of driving goes - do more DUI checkpoints. Heck yes, shake us down! Net & arrest the drunks on the road. PLEASE!!!!

  • Rolling Along Jun 2, 2008

    What chaps my backside is that over 1/3! of the drivers were driving with no license or a revoked license. Those of us that have legal licenses and proper insurance are fast becoming a minority.

  • Lyle Jun 2, 2008

    There's no "probable cause" when you're forced to remove your shoes at the security checkpoint at the airport, and/or submit to a strip search at same. Perhaps you are trained in law?

  • nofear Jun 2, 2008

    Check points should be illegal because there is no probably cause.

  • Lyle Jun 2, 2008

    Wow, That first comment is a doozy. In my view, thes stops happen far too rarely, and if you have jothing to hide, you have nothing to lose but a few minutes delay in your travels. Walking down the street you may have an issue, but driving your auto on public raods does not inherently offer you any "rights" beyond the scope of the LEO's courtesy and professionalism. If you get stopped at one of these checkpoints and get hassled, you deserve it, and I will be first in line to applaud the LEO's efforts. You're dismissed.