DUI Task Force arrests seven during Labor Day saturation detail

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The Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force made seven misdemeanor DUI arrests during two separate saturation details in the Sierra Vista area on September 1, in conjunction with Labor Day weekend.

The first detail was performed by the Sierra Vista Police Department, Tombstone Marshal’s Office, and Bisbee Police Department. In addition to five misdemeanor DUI arrests, the detail resulted in 67 stops or contacts, 61 warnings, three repair orders, one reckless driving arrest, and one open container of alcohol arrest.

The blood alcohol content on three of the DUI arrests was 0.179, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. The remaining two DUI arrests were drug related.

The second detail was performed by the Sierra Vista office of the Arizona Department of Public Safety in the Sonoita Fairgrounds area, in conjunction with the 103rd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo. The detail resulted in 18 stops or contacts, 10 miscellaneous civil citations, 10 warnings/repair orders, two designated drivers, one driving on a suspended driver’s license arrest, three miscellaneous arrests, and two misdemeanor DUI arrests.

The blood alcohol content on the two DUI arrests was 0.124.

The Sierra Vista Police Department also participated in the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Mandatory Enforcement Reporting Dates Program and reported miscellaneous traffic statistics for the Labor Day weekend, from Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3.

For Labor Day weekend, Sierra Vista Police reported that it made 126 stops or contacts, eight civil speed citations, 10 misdemeanor DUI arrests, six miscellaneous civil citations, 98 warnings/repair orders, two open container of alcohol arrests, one unlawful flight from law enforcement arrest, one criminal littering arrest, and one driving on a suspended driver’s license arrest.

The blood alcohol content on the six DUI arrests was 0.160, twice the legal limit of 0.08. The remaining four DUI arrests were drug related.

“Our goal is to make contact with more designated drivers during these DUI details,” says Corporal Tim Wachtel, SVPD DUI Task Force Coordinator. “Arresting 10 impaired drivers over the weekend was a high number for our department. We hope to reduce arrests to zero as a result of these details and educational materials we put out.”

“On behalf of the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force, we would like to thank Elizabeth Hartley with the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Tucson office for joining us and arranging for the local Chili’s Grill and Bar to provide dinner for the officers and volunteers working the detail,” Wachtel says.

With the continuous support from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force reminds drivers that if you choose to drive hammered, you will get nailed. Get a designated driver, not a DUI!