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Archive for Wednesday, October 9, 1991

CHECK LANE NETS 1 ARREST ON OUI

October 9, 1991

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A sobriety check lane set up late Saturday evening about one-quarter mile east of Lawrence resulted in the arrest of one driver on charges of operating under the influence, a Douglas County Sherriff's official said today.

Lt. Don Crowe said that a total of 346 drivers passed through the checkpoint on Kansas Highway 10, and 10 of those were administered field sobriety tests.

Three officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and nine officers from the sheriff's department conducted the check, which was set up between 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday in the westbound lane of K-10.

Crowe said that the sobriety checkpoint results are not that different from the other five check lanes set up by the sheriff's office this year in Douglas County.

The last sobriety check lane was set up Aug. 24 on the Kansas River Bridge, and 325 drivers were stopped. Ten of those were administered the field sobriety test, and again only one was arrested for operating under the influence.

Crowe said that this is the last checkpoint to be conducted by the sheriff's office under a 1991 federal grant program. The federal government allotted money to set up the check lanes, and the Kansas Department of Transportation administered $3,205.92 to the Douglas County Sheriff's office to cover the costs of overtime pay and miscellaneous items associated with the checks.

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