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DUI checkpoint in Clearwater nets numerous arrests, infractions

Times Staff

CLEARWATER — A DUI checkpoint set up by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at Clearwater High School netted 12 arrests on various charges over a five-hour period between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, of the 1,364 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, 378 were diverted into the checkpoint for assessment by law enforcement, resulting in 12 arrests. In total, the checkpoint yielded the following: four DUIs, five driving with license suspended or revoked, two did not have a valid driver's license, two were in possession of marijuana, one possession of Xanax, one possession of drug paraphernalia, one providing false name to law enforcement, one felony warrant, 38 citations issued for numerous traffic infractions and nine vehicles impounded.

The checkpoint involved numerous agencies and was dedicated to Robert Lemon, 25, and Hilary Michalak, 27, both of whom died as the result of an alcohol-related traffic crash on the Memorial Causeway in Clearwater on Sept. 2. The two were riding a tandem bicycle in the early morning hours when they were struck by a truck, which then left the scene.

The driver of the truck, Christopher Weed, was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. In May, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he pled guilty for leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

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