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Police Arrest 12 in Leland During Halloween Weekend Checkpoint

Holiday weekends often have what police officers refer to as "heightened DWI enforcement." Halloween was no exception. Between additional patrols and checkpoints, officers throughout North Carolina arrested many people and issued tickets to many more.

One checkpoint alone led to 12 arrests and 59 criminal charges on Friday night last weekend. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Wilmington Police Department to arrest people and write traffic tickets at one checkpoint in Leland.

Drivers were charged with everything from drunk driving to driving while license revoked to having expired vehicle registration. Of the 59 charges issued by officers at the checkpoint, five were for driving while license revoked. This is a serious charge that can have lasting consequences.

More charges were issued for driving without a license than any other traffic violation. Nineteen people received that ticket. The violation with the next highest total was driving while intoxicated followed by driving with expired vehicle registration.

Charges were also issued for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, possession of marijuana, driving without insurance and having an over-crowded vehicle. All of the traffic charges that resulted from the checkpoint.

Between 11:30 pm on Friday night and three o'clock Saturday morning, police officers from multiple departments and officers came together to target drivers. Officers often pull people over without probable cause during checkpoints. People who received traffic tickets or were arrested should protect their rights.

Source: The Sun News (online), "Traffic checkpoint nets 12 arrests, 59 charges in Brunswick County," Janelle Frost, 1 Nov 2010

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