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Seven Arrested for DUI At Sobriety Checkpoint

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged 12 people with DUI during a sobriety checkpoint Saturday in Clearwater.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged 12 people including seven for DUI during a sobriety checkpoint Saturday in Clearwater. 

A total of 408 vehicles went through the checkpoint from 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. near , 6255 Ulmerton Road, according to officials.

About 40 officers from various divisions including patrol, prisoner transport, canine and narcotics deputies diverted 102 drivers through the checkpoint looking for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, according to officials. 

They also looked for other traffic violations including driver license, registration, insurance and equipment violations.

The average stop time for non-impaired drivers was 1 minutes and 49 seconds, according to officials.

The results of the checkpoint include:

  • seven DUIs
  • two driving while license suspended or revoked
  • one no valid driver license 
  • one violation of business purposes only restriction
  • 15 citations

Call Sgt. Nicholas Lazaris, Patrol Operations North Division, at 727-582-6200 for information about the checkpoints.

More checkpoints are planned this weekend:

  • 8-11 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) at Berea Baptist Church, 370 Alternate U.S. 19, Palm Harbor
  • 12:30-3:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) at , 26996 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater
citizen one December 16, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Wow, and 15 citations. Way to keep those dangerous people with a tail light out from killing all of those innocent people, and fleece the flock as well. Keep extorting the population as Pinellas Counties' Officials way of saying "Merry Christmas"

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