1 arrest made during Saturday OVI checkpoint

LIMA — One person was arrested Saturday evening for drunken driving and drug possession during a three-hour impaired-driving police checkpoint.

The operation was carried out by the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, with the assistance of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday on state Route 115 near old state Route 12 in Sugar Creek Township.

A total of 313 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, with one vehicle being diverted to a secondary area, according to a statement from the patrol post.

The OVI checkpoint and corresponding saturation patrols are funded by fines from impaired drivers and other federal funding. The goal is to make motorists more aware of the impaired driver problem in Ohio, help bring about a reduction in the number of alcohol- and drug-related crashes and to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Lima Post Commander Lt. David Brown said “Even with the short delays, officers working the event received a tremendous amount of public support during the checkpoint and wanted to thank the motoring public for helping to make our roadways safer.”

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