Weekend checkpoint nets arrests

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Christmas shoppers weren’t the only ones out this weekend.

The Suffolk Police Department, while operating its second holiday safety checkpoint Saturday night on Bridge Road, netted a plethora of driver violations, said Lt. Debbie George, the department’s spokeswoman.

Police arrested three people for driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, she said

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Police also charged drivers with the following violations:

-Possession of marijuana, 6 counts

-Possession of concealed weapon (switchblade), 1 count

-No valid operator’s license, 5 counts

-Suspended operators license, 9 counts

-Improper display of state tags, 1 count

-Expired registration, 4 counts

-Expired state inspections, 14 counts

-No operators license in possession,1 count

Also, the Virginia State Police issued charges for one count each of driving on a suspended license, tint violation and no valid operator’s license.

Lt. C. S. Patterson, who oversaw the project, deemed it a success.

&uot;Officers manning the checkpoints were working in freezing temperatures,&uot; he said. &uot;They need to be credited for their efforts in keeping the city safe during the holiday season.&uot;

The police department will have other safety checkpoints set up during the holiday season, said George.

&uot;We have already had two deaths due to traffic fatalities during the holidays,&uot; she said. &uot;We would like to not have any more this year.&uot;