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Tampa Road Checkpoint Nets 5 DUIs, 10 Arrests

Some drivers were also charged with possessing drugs and firearms at the Friday night checkpoint in Oldsmar, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office checkpoint at Tampa Road in Oldsmar netted 10 arrests and five DUI charges overnight Friday.

Various units of the sheriff's office set up the DUI checkpoint at Lockheed Martin, 3655 Tampa Rd., in Oldsmar late Friday and into Saturday morning, according to a media release.

The checkpoint resulted 10 arrests and 16 different charges:

  • 5 DUI
  • 2 no valid driver's license
  • 1 possession of drug paraphernalia
  • 2 possession of marijuana
  • 1 unlawful possession of a firearm
  • 2 driving while license suspended or revoked
  • 1 trafficking in Hydromorphone
  • 1 possession of Suboxone
  • 1 failure to obey lawful command

There were also 16 citations, and 11 vehicles were impounded.

Of the 2,042 vehicles that passed by the checkpoint, 483 were pulled over, according to the release.

L. Bleile September 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Too bad it's just a great promo for the police ...After being involved in being hit by a DUI who threw the BEER out the window, with 4 witnesses to this... The Sheriff at the scene said, "Well I didn't see him do it and he doesn't seem impaired...." So another drunk driver gets off with just a traffic ticket even though all saw him throw the beer can, nodding off next to his car and heard his slurred speech. My attorney has had 4 instances similar to this occur in the last few months. It all sounds like propaganda to me....
Justice Forall September 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I'm all for the surprise check points~ this should be EVERY weekend!!
Spencer Shaw September 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
There is only 1 Sheriff per county. All the others are Deputies. And they can't make a DUI arrest on witnesses, they need probable cause that the person was actually impaired, not just what you said.
Michael J. Kovac September 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
The two pharm drugs drivers were holding I never heard of. What do they do?
Pinellas Voter October 01, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I gather this Sheriff has not heard of the 4th Amendment which reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. It's not that I want impaired drivers on the road; I simply want them removed in a legal manner that does not entrap others who are not impaired and, therefore, entitled to their 4th Amendment rights.
Bruce October 01, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I'm all for getting impared drivers off the road, however how are these police searching vehicles and finding drugs when you know they don't have a search warrent. Other than submitting to a sobriety test if asked to do so I resent the fact these law enforcment officers are searching vehicles. My vehicle is like my home, it is my personal space and no one should have the right to invade that space without my consent.
James Mcriley October 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
it is against the right of illegal search and seizure .. thus it has to be announced to get in to be legal .. . just another way the us is going downhill in relation to individual rights and liberties ....
James Mcriley October 06, 2012 at 10:09 PM
hydromorphone - dilaudid ... good pain killer suboxone - blocks effects of opiates in addicts to help recovery ..

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