Late Summer Sobriety Checkpoints Net DUI and Drug Arrests

Cop carLate August and early September saw several sobriety checkpoint operations in Maryland, including one dedicated to the late Noah Leota, after whom “Noah’s Law” was named.

The weekend of August 27th and 28th, at a DUI checkpoint on Washington Boulevard in Savage, MD, the Howard County Police Department reported three arrests for driving under the influence while a fourth person was arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of under 10 grams of marijuana.  Additionally, he had multiple outstanding warrants.  State troopers report that 995 people drove through the checkpoint in Howard County, where about a third of fatal crashes in 2015 involved alcohol.

Friday September 2nd from 11:09pm through 1:15am on Saturday September 3rd, a Sobriety Checkpoint was run by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office between Route 778 and Thomas Avenue along Maryland Route 260, including both eastbound and westbound traffic lanes.  Of the 412 motorists who entered the checkpoint, 11 were subjected to testing or probable cause searches due to the odor of marijuana.  Five people were arrested for controlled dangerous substance law violations and 4 were arrested for DUI.

The Calvert County checkpoint operation was dedicated to the memory of Noah Leota, the Montgomery County Police Officer who was struck and killed by a drunk driver last December during a DUI stop.  Officer Leota’s family are residents of Calvert County and were present at the checkpoint.  Noah’s Law will take effect on October 1st and will govern interlock devices.

Another checkpoint in Charlotte Hall, from midnight until about 2:15am by Maryland State Police on August 27th saw no arrests out of the 450 vehicles that passed through, although there was one civil citation for marijuana.

As the holidays approach, there will undoubtedly be more DUI checkpoints.  The best defense is simply don’t drink and drive.  If you or someone you know winds up facing charges of DUI, DWI or drug violations, the best defense is simply to waste no time in finding and hiring an experienced DUI attorney to represent you.  Call the law offices of Alpert Schreyer, LLC now to get your free consultation.  We will listen to you and fight for the best possible outcome in your call.  Time is of the essence.  Call or contact us today!

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+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.