Wendell DUI checkpoint nets 38 arrests

June 10, 2013 

A May 31 DUI checkpoint in the 2400 block of Wendell Boulevard resulted in 38 charges including five counts of driving while impaired.

Members of the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force helped the Wendell Police Department conduct the traffic stops.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Wake County Alcohol Beverage Control Law Enforcement Division and police departments from Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh, Wake Forest and Zebulon were involved in the operation.

Police officers used a Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit from the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch of the North Carolina Department of Public Health. They allowed officers to process violators charged with driving while impaired at the scene. A Wake County magistrate processed suspects. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving joined the operation. Members provide refreshments and support to the law enforcement officers.

In addition to the driving while impaired arrests, other charges included three misdemeanor drug violations, two weapons violations, 10 charges of having no operator’s license, five charges of driving with a revoked license, one child safety seat violation, two seat belt violations and 10 charges for other offenses.

Wendell police Chief Bill Carter said the primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to deter motorists from driving while impaired.

Carter said law enforcement agencies share in a common goal of working to make streets and highways safer.

“Working together at checkpoints such as the one we held on May 31 helps us achieve that goal and subsequently work toward a safer community in which people can live, work and play,” Carter said.

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