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Raleigh police charge dozens during overnight checkpoint

Posted December 21, 2013

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— Raleigh police charged 23 people with driving drunk early Saturday during a three-hour checkpoint in the 4400 block of Capital Boulevard. 

Authorities from several local law enforcement agencies seized three vehicles during the checkpoint operation, including the car of a person who fled from police after driving through the checkpoint at about 3 a.m.

Information about the chase wasn't released, but authorities said the person was arrested without incident near Six Forks and Norwood roads.

Five people were cited for drug charges and 12 others were charged for driving with suspended licenses, police said. Eleven people were cited for driving without a license, and eight others were charged with vehicle law violations.

Authorities did not release detailed information about those charged during the checkpoint.


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  • less_govt_is_better_govt Dec 23, 2013

    Tru blue - what do you know about Donnie Harrison's office changing policy about requiring deputies to include exculpatory information on incident reports?

    Isn't exculpatory evidence a constitutional right to those accused?

  • Rolling Along Dec 23, 2013

    Nothing new... I have seen reports that estimate that 1/3+ of all vehicles on the road in NC on any given day are being operated illegally. DUI, no license, no insurance, suspend driver's license, etc, etc. Choose one... or more.

  • TruBlu in Wake County Dec 23, 2013

    "Know your rights during a checkpoint traffic stop. Lower the window" blah blah blah....heard this a million times....I still enforced.

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 23, 2013

    This checkpoint was setup right where the mini-city area is. I don't how they determine what areas to set up checkpoints at, but I wonder sometimes. The always seem to net more than just DUI's.

  • determined2win Dec 23, 2013

    Know your rights during a checkpoint traffic stop. Lower the window only enough to allow slipping your license and registration through. You don't have to answer where you've been or where you're headed. If they continue to ask questions, you are under no obligation to answer the irrelevant questions. Simply state that you don't answer questions, and ask if you're being detained or are free to go. If you have done nothing wrong, don't Cave in to the questioning tactics lest you give them something to use against you.

  • 1jalapeno Dec 23, 2013

    Why don't the police operate these checkpoints 365 days a year? Why not use radar guns every morning during rush hour on some of our more busier streets? Either traffic laws have meaning or they don't. I believe they don't.

  • luxurytravel Dec 23, 2013

    Why bother? The judicial system is a mockery and these people were back on the street before this story broke. They rarely are sent to prison, and if they are, they get a cake walk sentence like Raymond Cook did when he drove drunk and killed and innocent person. Work release during the week, and then weekends at home. Thanks for trying Raleigh PD

  • whatelseisnew Dec 23, 2013

    I wonder how many of the drivers without license lost them due to DUI convictions and how many are illegal criminals that should not be here in the first place.