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Forum staff report, Published September 18 2009

Sobriety checkpoint yields arrests for alcohol, drug offenses

FARGO – A sobriety checkpoint overnight in north Fargo netted four arrests for DUI, four arrests for possession of marijuana and/or drug paraphernalia and 10 citations for minor in possession or consumption of alcohol.

Fargo and North Dakota State University police conducted the checkpoint from 11:25 p.m. Thursday to 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 1400 block of Broadway.

A total of 270 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, with 16 being flagged for further testing, according to Fargo police Sgt. Mike Bernier.

Officers trained as drug recognition experts arrested two of the drivers for DUI for being impaired by marijuana.

Those two drivers were also arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver of another vehicle was arrested for the same violations, and the passenger was arrested for marijuana possession.

At about 12:55 a.m., a pickup truck with seven people in the cab and four people in the bed entered the checkpoint. All 10 passengers were cited for minor in possession or consumption. The sober driver wasn’t arrested or cited.

Fargo police have conducted 42 checkpoints since October 2004, resulting in 135 DUI arrests.