Lawrence police stop hundreds during checkpoint on 23rd Street, make 5 DUI arrests

The Lawrence Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint Thursday night, during which they stopped vehicles in the 500 block of West 23rd Street, near 23rd and Louisiana streets.

Police made contact with a total of 317 cars during the check lane, which was set up from 10 p.m. through 3 a.m. Friday morning, Sgt. Amy Rhoads said, in an email.

She said police administered 22 field sobriety tests and arrested five people on suspicion of DUI. The arrestees’ average blood-alcohol concentration was .119, she said. The legal limit to drive in Kansas is .08.

Police also issued one ticket for drug possession, one for minor in possession, one for transporting an open container of alcohol, four traffic citations and two warnings, Rhoads said.

Police announced last week that they planned a checkpoint Thursday at an undisclosed location in town.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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