May 20, 2013
LIMA — Police officials conducted a traffic checkpoint Saturday evening seeking drunken drivers in American Township but made no arrests.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, American Township Police Department, and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office conducted the multi-agency checkpoint from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday on state Route 309 east of North Cable Road. Of the 668 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, only three were diverted to a secondary area and there were no arrests.
A corresponding operation of saturtation patrols did net one arrest during that period.
The checkpoint and saturation patrols were funded by fines from impaired drivers and other federal funding.
Lt. L.D. Brode, commander of the Van Wert post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said, “Even though there were no arrests made at the checkpoint line, the checkpoint was beneficial for the public awareness and voluntary compliance.”