Last weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Durant Police Department and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety check point at Highway 69B and Choctaw Road. The checkpoint was published in the newspaper and covered by the media.
According to OHP, troopers, officers and deputies checked approximately 1,200 cars and found the following violations:
- Three drivers were arrested for driving while impaired.
- Two passengers were arrested for public intoxication.
- Four people were arrested for driving without a license or driving under suspension.
- Four vehicles were found to have open containers in them.
- Four vehicles were impounded at the checkpoint due to arrest.
OHP said there were 105 total violations found during the four-hour period. In one specific vehicle, the driver was arrested for DUI and the passenger was arrested for public intoxication.
A cursory search of the subjects after they were taken into custody revealed $6,442 in cash (mostly $20 bills). There were 1.3 grams of cocaine, four packs of ready-to-sell marijuana, another container of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to OHP. The 2003 Lincoln Town Car will be submitted for asset forfeiture.
The sobriety check resulted in a traffic violation being discovered in one of every 12 vehicles that came through. One out of every 400 vehicles that came through had an intoxicated driver, according to OHP.
In other law enforcement news, deputies have investigated several thefts.
John Judd’s storage buildings at Highway 70 Storage in Bennington were burglarized, according to a report by Deputy Vinny Cacace.
A welder, grinder, air conditioner, welding helmet, seven clamps two hammers, a paint sprayer and assorted tools were stolen.
Deputy Cacace investigated the theft of Michael Gray’s Jet Skis on Streetman Road in Mead. The victim said his secured gate had been opened and that nothing else was missing except for the two Jet Skis.
Bob Plaskal told Deputy Robert Haislip that two goats had been stolen from his property on Joshua Lane in the Durant area. There was no sign of damage or entry into the property.