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Forum staff reports, Published May 30 2009

Sobriety checkpoint yields 6 DUI arrests

Fargo police arrested six drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence during an overnight sobriety checkpoint in north Fargo.

Fargo police and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office conducted the checkpoint from 11:16 p.m. Thursday to 2:20 a.m. Friday in the 1000 block of 10th Street North, a news release stated.

In total, 299 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 10 were flagged for further testing. One driver also was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two other drivers were cited for driving under suspension, the release said.

Drivers were given pamphlets discussing the consequences of being arrested for a DUI and explaining why checkpoints are conducted, the release said.

Drivers and passengers wearing seat belts when passing through the checkpoint were given free sandwich cards from McDonald’s by volunteers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The checkpoint, announced on Tuesday, was the 39th conducted by Fargo police since October of 2004. A total of 116 DUI arrests have been made.

Additional officers working DUI saturation patrol also patrolled the city specifically looking for impaired drivers overnight, netting one DUI arrest and also citing the driver for driving under suspension, the release said.