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Pinellas deputies and police to look for drunk drivers in wolfpacks this weekend

Law enforcement officers are dedicating their efforts to a man who was killed by an impaired driver in St. Pete Beach in 2018.
Law enforcement officers, Pinellas sheriff's deputies and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol, whose patrol car is pictured above, will be in a wolf pack looking for impaired driver this week. (Sgt. Steve Gaskins, Florida Highway Patrol)

Deputies and police officers from Pinellas County law enforcement agencies say they will be out in force this weekend looking for impaired drivers.

They are dedicating their efforts, which they call a wolf pack, to a man who was killed by a drunk driver in 2018 in St. Pete Beach.

Pinellas sheriff’s officials said the operation will begin about 7 p.m. Saturday and continue until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Related: St. Pete wrong-way driver arrested at 2 a.m. with baby in car. It’s his third DUI, police say.

“The operation is part of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s on-going commitment to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to impaired driving,” the agency said in a news release.

Officers with the the Florida Highway Patrol and police departments in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Largo, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs all will be involved in the effort.

Related: He blew red lights in St. Pete at 100 mph, police say. It’s his third DUI arrest.

The sheriff’s office didn’t give specific locations where deputies and officers will be, but said they “will maintain a proactive profile over the weekend on the highly-traveled roadways of Pinellas County."

The sheriff’s office is dedicating their efforts to Peter Chenhall, who was 39 when he was hit and killed by an impaired driver in St. Pete Beach. Chenhall was walking on a sidewalk on Blind Pass Road when an impaired driver left the roadway and hit him. The driver left the scene, but was caught and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Peter Chenhall, right, was killed by an impaired driver in St. Pete Beach in 2018. A wolf pack operation in Pinellas County this weekend is being dedicated to him. [PInellas County Sheriff's Office]