Archive for Monday, August 20, 2012

450 vehicles stopped in weekend saturation patrol by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

August 20, 2012


Douglas County Sheriff’s officers stopped about 450 vehicles Saturday night and early Sunday as part of a saturation patrol and vehicle check lane on 23rd Street, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Officers stopped 403 vehicles in a DUI check lane in the 700 block of East 23rd Street and arrested two people on DUI charges and cited one person for driving while suspended and another for carrying an open container. In the check lane, an 18-year-old Wichita man was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to sell marijuana and for criminally carrying a weapon because officers found an expandable baton in the vehicle, Lewis said.

In the earlier saturation patrol from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, officers used laser radar equipment in the same location on 23rd Street, at 31st Street and Haskell Avenue and in the downtown area, he said. Officers stopped 49 vehicles in that effort and wrote 26 tickets for seat-belt violations, 18 citations for speeding and three for driving while suspended. One person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance as part of the patrol.

The patrols were part of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to fund overtime to have extra officers on patrol to enforce traffic offenses.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 4 months ago

The guy gets charged with criminally carrying a weapon because he had an expandable baton?!?! Yes, here's the Kansas State law...

"Article 42: Crimes Against The Public Safety Statute 21-4201: Criminal use of weapons. (a) Criminal use of weapons is knowingly:

(1)Selling, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing or carrying any bludgeon, sandclub, metal knuckles or throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;

(2)carrying concealed on one's person, or possessing with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, blackjack, slungshot, dangerous knife, straight-edged razor, stiletto or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character, except that an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length shall not be construed to be a dangerous knife, or a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument; "

Hooligan_016 5 years, 4 months ago

That location where they are doing bridge repairs is a perfect spot. No escaping it once you are in it. Downtown would be an obvious choice, yes, but I'm betting there is quite a bit of traffic on 23rd/K10 ... (going between KC and all)

CHEEZIT 5 years, 4 months ago

Yea I told my wife they should be doing it on the west bound side. Most those people don't know about the speed limit there yet! Probably would have written 800 tickets!!! We just waved at them when we went by!

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 4 months ago

KDOT has to lay off 40 workers last week, but has money for a saturation patrol...go figure.

JackMcKee 5 years, 4 months ago

Selling marijuana in a check lane. That takes some steel huevos.

Jonathan Becker 5 years, 3 months ago

USC Traffic Research concludes that up to 17% of drivers at night are impaired. This the research used to justify the grant. Jethro Bodine can count that the haul Saturday night was below the expectation, based on the research.

lainey 5 years, 3 months ago

That was just from the saturation point. Check how many DUI/OUIs are given in Douglas County. There are a lot!

Curtis Lange 5 years, 3 months ago

Where are the DGCO Sheriff cars in the K10 construction zone? I've driven through there twice a day since they started last Monday and have seen ONE cop...who was KHP. Kinda old having cars speed by at 70+ totally oblivious to the 60mph speed limit. That stretch from Eudora to the JoCo line would be a freaking gold mine...

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 3 months ago

the title should read '450 vehicles and drivers violated, county wins big!'

meanwhile, my house is being burglarized and my daughter is being date raped (thank god she 'shut herself down' so she didnt get preggo) im so glad douglas county got some more drunken college kids into the system. Great Job Everyone!

HuskerNLawrence 5 years, 3 months ago

I wish they would do this near my home. I pick up a trash bag of empty beer and liq bottles every Sunday morning on north Kasold. Makes me sick to think these idiots are out on the streets and could loose control and hurt someone.

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