OVI checkpoint yields three arrests

By Nathan Pilling npilling@civitasmedia.com

July 22, 2014

FAIRBORN — An OVI checkpoint held this weekend by the Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in two OVI arrests and one driving under suspension arrest. The checkpoint was held on Colonel Glenn Highway east of North Fairfield Road in Fairborn from 11 p.m. July 18 to 3 a.m. July 19.

Lt. Douglas Eck of the highway patrol’s Xenia post reported that officers at the checkpoint checked 235 motorists, eight of which had consumed alcohol and were evaluated for impairment. One of the OVI arrests came at the checkpoint and the other resulted from officers on a nearby OVI saturation patrol.

Eck said the highway patrol sets up checkpoints at high crash and OVI arrest areas.

“We do see a lot of OVI arrests on Colonel Glenn in that area,” he said. “There’s some night clubs in that area. Within a three-mile radius you could probably find a dozen different places I would think.”

Eck said these checkpoints are used to not only deter impaired driving but are also used to raise awareness.

“There are 235 cars that went through there that even if they weren’t drinking and driving, they were made aware that there are consequences and that you could run up on one of these checkpoints,” he said.

The checkpoint was held in conjunction with the Fairborn Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and was funded by state and federal grant funds.