Checkpoint, increased patrols yield several OVI arrests in Warren County

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m. (Aug. 20):

An OVI checkpoint and increased patrols yielded several arrests in Franklin last weekend. 

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Around 850 vehicles were checked during the checkpoint on Ohio 73 Friday between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to a release from the Lebanon Highway Patrol Post.

Three vehicles were diverted for suspicion of OVI, but one driver was found to be under the influence and was cited for OVI, according to the release.

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Saturation patrols in the area on both Friday and Saturday netted 158 traffic stops with 10 arrests for OVI, officials said.

The increased patrols also yielded six citations for seat belt violations and two misdemeanor drug arrests, according to state troopers. 

The Lebanon Highway Patrol Post conducted the checkpoint with assistance from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Warren County Safe Communities Coalition.

According to the release, federal grant money supported the checkpoint and saturation patrols.

FIRST REPORT:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Division of Police, will work at an OVI checkpoint from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday on East Second Street, Ohio 73, in Franklin.

“If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired,” Lt. Chuck O’Bryon, commander of the Lebanon Post, stated in a release.

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OVI checkpoint are staffed with federal grant funds.

Ohio law requires they be announced ahead of time.

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“The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes,” according to the release.

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