Sobriety checkpoint in Pinellas results in more than 30 arrests

PINELLAS PARK — An overnight sobriety checkpoint netted more than 30 people on a variety of charges, authorities said Saturday.

Deputies arrested 32 people on 40 charges and issued 47 citations, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Deputies set up the check point in front of Hudson's Furniture Store, 9001 U.S. 19 North from 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

During that time, more than 1,900 cars passed by. About 25 percent of them were diverted through the checkpoint.

Authorities did not release the names of those arrested, but said the charges included: One aggravated battery with a motor vehicle charge, one charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, one aggravated fleeing charge, two felony violation of probation charges, one resisting arrest without violence charge, two misdemeanor warrant arrests, six misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, six charges of driving without a valid license, 12 charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license and eight DUI charges.

Officials said the checkpoints will continue once a month at various locations around the county.

Sobriety checkpoint in Pinellas results in more than 30 arrests 02/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:41am]

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