***Update Begins at 10:50 a.m. on July 26, 2014***
The results of the DUI Checkpoint that began at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014 and ran through 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 are as follows:
Of the 1,364 vehicles that passed through the DUI Checkpoint, 378 were diverted into the checkpoint for assessment by law enforcement. The average intrusion time for vehicles diverted into the DUI Checkpoint was 1:39. The DUI Checkpoint resulted in 12 physical arrests with the following criminal charges:
5 Driving While License Suspended or Revoked
2 No valid driver’s license
2 Possession of Marijuana
1 Possession of Xanax
1 Possession of drug paraphernalia
1 Providing false name to law enforcement
1 Felony warrant
38 citations issued for numerous traffic infractions
9 vehicles impounded
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Prisoner Transport Unit
-Traffic Crash Investigators
-Community Policing Unit
-Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol
-Explorer Post 900
-Support Services Bureau
Clearwater Police Department
Tarpon Springs Police Department
Probation and Parole
RID (Remove Intoxicated Drivers)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.)
Suncoast Safety Council
In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries, the Sheriff’s Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.
The checkpoint will be held at 540 S Hercules Ave, Clearwater, FL (Clearwater High School)
The checkpoint will be held beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014 until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries, deputies will continue to conduct sobriety checkpoints in Pinellas County. Pinellas County deputies will conduct a DUI Checkpoint at the above listed address in Clearwater from late Friday into early Saturday morning.
At the checkpoint, Patrol, Community Policing, Narcotics and K-9 deputies will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Investigations Unit, the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol and Explorer Post 900 will assist with non-enforcement related tasks. Along with impaired drivers, deputies will be looking for driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Bus will be used for breath testing and the processing of arrested individuals.
This Friday’s checkpoint is dedicated to Robert Lemon, 25, and Hilary Michalak, 27. They died as the result of an alcohol-related traffic crash on The Memorial Causeway in Clearwater on September 2, 2013. The two were riding a tandem bicycle in the early morning hours of Labor Day when they were struck by a truck which then left the scene. The driver of the truck, Christopher Weed, was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death. In video evidence taken from the hotel where he worked, he is seen consuming alcohol just hours before the fatal accident. In May 2014, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he pled guilty for leaving the scene of a crash involving death.
For more information about the sobriety checkpoint, contact DUI/SEU Sergeant Michael Paniagua at (727) 582-6200; or the Sheriff’s Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.