Monday, Feb 08, 2016

19 arrested at DUI checkpoint in Clearwater

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says that 19 people were arrested and 12 vehicles were impounded during a five-hour DUI checkpoint in Clearwater Friday night.

The checkpoint was set up at Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Avenue, beginning at 10 p.m., and lasted until 3 a.m. this morning.

In that time, suspects were charged with the following crimes:

-Eight counts of driving under the influence

-Five counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license

-Two counts of driving with no valid license

-Four counts of marijuana possession

-One count of possession of alprazolam

-One count of possession of vyvanse

-One count of possession of drugs with no prescription

-One count of providing a false name to an officer

-One count of possession of crystal meth

-One count of refusing to obey a lawful command

-One count of felony violation of probation

-One count of possession of drug paraphernalia

-One count of violation of license restriction

Sheriff’s deputies said that Friday’s checkpoint was dedicated to Steven Thillard, who suffered brain trauma during a collision with an impaired driver in Largo in 2006.

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