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Drunk drivers caught over Memorial Day weekend in North Carolina

As Craig Reck reports for WECT TV6, it was one "productive afternoon" for a multi-agency police check point on Saturday, over Memorial Day weekend.

Among the tally were eight arrests for drunk driving, as well as two arrests for driving after consuming alcohol, and six arrests for open containers in the vehicle.

In addition to the alcohol-related arrests, the police check point also notched 15 arrests for drug charges, 43 citations for driving without a license, and even caught a fugitive who was sought on felony charges.

Obviously, any holiday weekend is a risky time to drink and drive. Memorial Day weekend is no exception. A total of eight state agencies collaborated in the Saturday check point.

Among these agencies were the Wilmington Police, the New Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Wilmington police officer R. R. Knopf, Jr. said that the check point was not meant to rack up arrests. Rather, as Reck reports, Knopf said, "I'd love to come out here and not find a single person." Knopf said the check point was meant to keep people safe on North Carolina roadways over the holiday weekend.

Source: WECT TV6, "Check point nabs drunk drivers and more," by Craig Reck, 5/29/11

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