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DWI checkpoint nets 130 arrests in Wake County

Posted March 27, 2010 8:59 p.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2010 3:46 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office's conducted a DWI checkpoint Friday evening at the intersection of Louisburg and Perry Creek roads.

Law enforcement officers charged 130 people with various violations including DWI, various drug charges and motor vehicle infractions.

The Traffic Safety Task Force and 10 other law enforcement agencies assisted with the checkpoint.

Students from East Wake High School, North Raleigh Christian Academy and Southeastern Seminary, along with their parents, were on hand to witness drivers taking field sobriety tests and being arrested for DWI. Their presence at the checkpoint was part of an effort to teach teenagers the dangers of drinking and driving.

"The Wake County Sheriff's Office believes that we should not only tell teenagers about the high costs of drinking and driving, but also show them," Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "With prom season almost here, the temptation to drink and drive increases. We wanted them to see first hand what happens when we stop people suspected of DWI."