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Over 800 cited for DWI during St. Patrick's Day crackdown

Posted March 20, 2009 12:00 p.m. EDT
Updated March 20, 2009 12:02 p.m. EDT

— Law enforcement issued 836 citations for driving while impaired during a statewide "Booze It & Lose It" campaign around St. Patrick's Day.

State and local agents conducted 2,535 checkpoints and special patrols and issued 20,183 traffic and criminal citations between Friday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 17.

Mecklenburg County, near Charlotte, had the most DWI charges, 94, followed by Wake County with 55 and Buncombe County with 35.

Statewide, agents also apprehended 229 fugitives and recovered 36 stolen vehicles. The citations included 489 drug charges, 6,224 speeding tickets, 1,824 safety belt violations and 195 child passenger-safety violations.

See county-by-county results of the St. Patrick's Day "Booze It & Lose It" campaign.