|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2013
|Contact: Sergeant L.A. Copponi
Sobriety Checkpoint Results - Salem
During the hours of 9:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 through 3:00 a.m., Saturday, July 20, 2013, in a combined effort, New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop B in Bedford and officers of the Salem Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 28 in Salem.
The checkpoint was authorized by an order of the Rockingham Superior Court and conducted under guidelines promulgated by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
A total of 150 vehicles and operators were screened. Along with numerous warnings, Troopers and officers issued one summons for Operating Without a License. Additionally, eight (8) people were arrested. Charges included: Transportation of Controlled Drug, Possession of Controlled Drug, DWI and DWI Subsequent Offense. One individual was charged with Aggravated DWI and Disobeying a Police Officer. Of note, she was arrested and charged after she drove through the checkpoint, nearly striking a Trooper. Troopers and Salem PD Officers were able to stop her a short distance from the checkpoint area and take her into custody.
New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Salem Police Chief Paul Donovan and the officers of their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers to be a top priority. They will continue to collaborate and utilize sobriety checkpoints and other means to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from New Hampshire's roadways.