Checkpoint yields over 130 offenses

By: By Chris Berendt -

A multi-agency driver’s checkpoint conducted on U.S. 701 on Saturday resulted in 135 total criminal and traffic violations, authorities said.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Team conducted a driver’s checkpoint this past Saturday, Oct. 14, on Hobbton Highway (U.S. 701) near Rosin Hill Road. The multi-agency operation enlisted the help of the Clinton Police Department, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office, Dunn Police Department, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The operation yielded several violations, including two driving while impaired charges (blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more). There were three seat belt violations and 12 child passenger safety violations for a total of 15 such restraint offenses.

Also served during the checkpoint were eight driving while license revoked, 34 no operator’s license and seven open container charges served, along with 61 other traffic violations that were not listed for a total of 110 traffic violations, according to Sampson County Sheriff’s officials.

Criminal violations leveled during the multi-agency operation included four misdemeanor drug violations and four other misdemeanor violations, but no felony violations. Also during the operation, two fugitives were apprehended and three firearms were confiscated, authorities said.

In total, there were 135 traffic and criminal violations doled out by the agencies. Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith lauded the effort, saying every little proactive step makes enforcement that stronger, and highways that much safer.

“The Criminal Interdiction Team takes a proactive approach to solving crime in our communities. Their proactive enforcement measures continue to make a positive mark toward making our communities and highways safer,” Smith stated. “I would like to thank all agencies who participated in this event and helped to make it a great success.”

By Chris Berendt

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