Lawrence police make 7 DUI arrests during recent special patrols

photo by: Chris Conde

A Lawrence Police Department vehicle is seen in this file photo from September 2018.

As part of special patrols last weekend and the weekend before, Lawrence police arrested seven people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During the first DUI saturation patrol on March 8, officers administered field sobriety tests to eight drivers and four of them were arrested for DUI, Officer Shawn Gross said via email.

As part of the department’s saturation patrol on Saturday, officers gave five field sobriety tests and arrested three of those drivers on suspicion of DUI, Gross said.

Gross also shared what he described as the average blood alcohol percentage for the arrested drivers, which was roughly one and a half times Kansas’ legal limit of .08 percent. He said that on March 8 the average was 0.129 and that on Saturday the average was 0.118.

Police announced each patrol in advance and noted that the special enforcement efforts placing extra officers on the streets to look specifically for impaired drivers are funded with Kansas Department of Transportation grants.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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