Wendell DWI checkpoint nets 27 traffic charges

Staff reportsSeptember 30, 2013 

On Sept. 14, the Wendell Police Department hosted a multi-agency driving while impaired checkpoint, which resulted in 27 charges, including one count of driving while impaired, and two arrests on outstanding warrants.

The checkpoint, which started at 9 p.m., occurred in the 900 block of Wendell Boulevard and was staffed by members of the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force. Agencies assisting the Wendell Police Department included the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from Raleigh, Wake Forest and Zebulon.

A Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit was provided by the Forensic Tests for Alcohol branch of the North Carolina Department of Public Health and allowed officers to process DWI suspects at the scene.

The Wake County Magistrate’s Office provided a magistrate to process people arrested. Members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving were also present to provide refreshments and support.

In addition to the driving while impaired arrest, other charges included four misdemeanor drug violations, nine charges of having no operator's license, five charges of driving while license revoked, one child safety seat violation, three open container violations, one charge of misdemeanor child abuse, two seat belt violations, and three charges on other traffic offenses.

Wendell police Chief Bill Carter said the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force conducts these checkpoints across the county to deter motorists from operating vehicles while impaired.

“Law Enforcement agencies, working in a coordinated effort, conduct these checkpoints on a routine basis as they work to make our highways and communities safer,” Carter said. “It is our hope that we accomplish this goal as it will reduce the risk of death and injury to persons using our roadways.”

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