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Pinellas deputies arrest 21 at DUI checkpoints

Pinellas County deputies arrested 21 people at two checkpoints late Friday and early Saturday in attempt to get drunk drivers off the roads, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The first sobriety checkpoint was conducted at Church by the Sea, 495 137th Ave. Circle in Madeira Beach from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Nine drivers were arrested, including six for driving under the influence, one for driving with a suspended or revoked license, one for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and one for driving without a valid license. Deputies handed out 16 citations.

Nearly 900 drivers passed through the checkpoint and 227 of them were assessed, deputies said.

The second checkpoint was at the National Aviation Academy, 6225 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Deputies arrested 12 people, including seven for DUI, two for driving with a suspended or revoked license, and one for driving without a valid license. A total of 15 citations were issued.

More than 400 vehicles passed through the second checkpoint. Of those, 102 were stopped for assessment.

Additional sobriety checkpoints will be held Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church, 370 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor; and on Dec. 17 from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. at Kmart, 26996 U.S. Highway 19 N in Clearwater.

Contact reporter Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8804.

Pinellas deputies arrest 21 at DUI checkpoints 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 1:54pm]
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