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Six arrested at Lanham Hills sobriety checkpoint

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Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County police arrested six drivers at a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night in Lanham Hills.

Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division planned to conduct the sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Lt. Doug Murray said he shut down the checkpoint at 1:30 a.m. Saturday due to a lack of officers.

“We started out with eight officers. When one of the officers makes an arrest, he or she has to take the suspect in for processing,” Murray said. “So, after we had six arrests, I only had two officers left. And for safety reasons, I had to close down the checkpoint.”

Five drivers were arrested for DUI and a sixth person was apprehended on drug charges after officers located marijuana on the suspect, Murray said.

The checkpoint was located in the 7900 block of Annapolis Road in front of La Fontaine Bleu banquet hall.

During Project SOLO (Save Our Loved Ones), a statewide drunk driving enforcement event in May,  police made 10 DUI arrests and issued more than 190 traffic citations.

Police officers also arrested six people who were driving under the influence at checkpoints in Suitland and Riverdale Park in May.

Police officials said recent efforts to identify drunk drivers through traffic and sobriety checkpoints have been successful and the department is planning several more. The next sobriety checkpoint may be during the Fourth of July holiday.

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