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Forum staff reports, Published August 27 2009

Sobriety checkpoint yields four arrests

Four people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during a sobriety checkpoint Tuesday night in the 700 block of North University Drive in Fargo.

One driver arrested for DUI also was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and minor in possession or consumption of alcohol, Sgt. Mike Bernier said.

Another driver arrested for DUI was also arrested for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and a passenger of one vehicle that entered the checkpoint was arrested for minor in possession or consumption.

A total of 334 vehicles drove through the checkpoint from 11:05 p.m. Tuesday to 2:10 a.m. Wednesday. Twenty-one were flagged for further testing.

Fargo police have conducted 42 sobriety checkpoints since October 2004, resulting in 131 DUI arrests.

In an unrelated enforcement blitz, area law enforcement officials said they made 16 arrests last weekend as part of a multiagency saturation patrol for drunken drivers. The DUI crackdown will continue through Labor Day as part of the national “Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” campaign.