Drivers hit with 42 charges at checkpoint

Jun. 17, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

Law enforcement officers slapped Durham drivers with 42 charges that included drunken driving and drug possession during a DWI checkpoint over the weekend.
The checkpoint was held from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard (southbound) at Southwest Durham Drive.
Five adults were charged with driving while impaired and one recently licensed driver under 21 years old was charged with drunken driving.
Nine tickets were issued for driving while license was revoked, and 15 citations were issued for not having an operator’s license.
Other charges include:
- No seat belt: two.
- Child restraint violations: one.
- Misdemeanor drug violations (possession of marijuana): one.
- Vehicle registration violations: three.
- Felony arrests (possession of cocaine): one.
- Other misdemeanor charges: four.
Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said DWI checkpoints help keep the community safe.
“This weekend’s checkpoint safely removed six impaired drivers — one of which was under 21 and newly licensed — from the roadway before they possibly hurt themselves or someone else,” Sherwin said.
“Checkpoints also allow law enforcement officers to have a positive interaction with people driving lawfully, and demonstrate to the public that local law enforcement is committed to keeping our roads safe for all citizens. Durham citizens can expect to see more of these checkpoints in the future.”
Also participating in the operation were Durham police, Duke and N.C. Central University police, Durham County ABC officers, N.C. State Highway Patrol troopers, the Durham County District Attorney’s Office and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.