OVI checkpoint results in four arrests


Four drivers were arrested Friday during the OVI checkpoint on U.S. 23, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Monday.

The operation was held Friday night on U.S. 23 from 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. and troopers worked in conjunction with deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Powell Police Department.

Troopers announced Sunday that during the five hours of operation 827 vehicles traveled through the zone. Of those vehicles, 248 were checked and five were diverted.

Of the five diverted vehicles, troopers arrested one driver for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers also reported that nearby patrol units conducted 52 traffic stops during the operational hours of the checkpoint. During those 52 stops, officers and deputies arrested two more drivers for OVI and arrested one driver for driving under a suspended license.

The checkpoint was funded by federal grants and aimed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Lt. Kevin Knapp, commander of the Delaware post, said 346 people were killed last year in alcohol-related crashes in Ohio.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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