Checkpoint lands 67 violations

Some of the contraband seized during Friday's checking station. (CCSO photo)
Some of the contraband seized during Friday's checking station. (CCSO phot0)

The latest Columbus County sobriety checkpoint tallied 67 violations Friday night, including 13 drug offenses.

The checkpoint was set up at the intersection of Princess Ann and N.C. 242 near Williamson’s Crossroads, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. In addition to the CCSO, deputies from  Robeson County, Chadbourn Police and Lumberton police also participated. The Department of Health and Human Services Blood Alcohol Testing Mobile unit, known as the BATmobile, was also deployed to assist in field sobriety tests and booking suspects.

From 8 p.m. until midnight, officers from all four agencies issued 67 traffic and criminal violations, served six outstanding warrants, arrested one fugitive and filed 13 drug-related charges.

In addition to the drug violations, offenses included

• two driving while impaired arrests

• one lack of insurance

• two registration violations

• 16 seat belt tickets

• 15 charges of no operator’s license

• seven driving while license revoked

• one open container

• 13 expired tags

• Seven inspection violations and 

• Three other traffic citations.

“I would like to sincerely thank each officer and agency that participated in this operation.  You are the reason this operation was a success,” Greene said in the press release.  “Thank you for your time and dedication.”

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