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Sobriety checkpoint stops 694 cars

November 16, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
Members of the Mahoning County OVI Task Force conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Nov. 12 on U.S. 224 near South Avenue in Boardman. The operation was conducted from 10:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., and consisted of 14 police officers from participating agencies of the OVI Task Force, as well as troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A total of 694 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. There were 31 vehicles that were directed into the diversion area for further investigation. There were three officers who conducted saturation patrol in support of the checkpoint. This saturation patrol resulted in 25 traffic stops, in which the following action was taken: one OVI arrest, one underage OVI arrest, three driving under suspension arrests, one seat belt citation, one summons for drug paraphernalia, two arrests for YPD warrants, two summons for open container, one citation for fictitious plates, one citation for expired license plate, and one citation for a marked lanes violation.

The Mahoning County OVI Task Force is funded by a federal grant, which is administered through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The task force will continue to conduct coordinated saturation patrol blitzes, as well as sobriety checkpoints. This operation was supported by the Ohio Department of Transportation.


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