Task force makes six DUI arrests in Cinco de Mayo detail

Adam Curtis Police Press Releases, Public Affairs Press Releases

The Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force made six DUI arrests during a saturation detail conducted in the Sierra Vista area on Saturday, May 4, due to the Cinco de Mayo weekend. 

The detail was performed by the Sierra Vista Police Department, Tombstone Marshal’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Huachuca City Police Department. The detail resulted in the following: 93 traffic stops or contacts, 22 warnings or repair orders, three civil speed citations, four seatbelt citations, one child restraint citation, 32 miscellaneous civil citations, four designated drivers, two drug related arrests, one criminal traffic arrest, two misdemeanor DUI arrests, one extreme DUI arrest, one aggravated DUI drugs arrest, and two misdemeanor DUI drugs arrests.

The average blood alcohol content on two of the alcohol-related DUI arrests was 0.147. The third alcohol related DUI arrest required a blood draw and the blood alcohol content was not immediately available. The remaining DUI arrests were drug related and required blood draws.

“We’d like to thank Rachel Hersh and Elizabeth Hartley with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Arizona state office in Phoenix for making the trip to Sierra Vista, spending time on the road with officers during the detail, and providing dinner to the officers, dispatchers, and volunteers working the detail,” says SVPD Cpl. Tim Wachtel, coordinator of the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force. “We appreciate their support as we strive to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our streets through ongoing education and enforcement efforts.”

Also during the detail, a vehicle was pulled over for speeding and three undocumented aliens and two United States citizens were contacted and turned over to the United States Border Patrol.

The Sierra Vista Police Department also participated in the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Mandatory Enforcement Reporting Dates Program by reporting miscellaneous traffic stats from May 3 through May 5, due to the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The following stats were recorded: 127 stops or contacts, five civil speed citations, five miscellaneous civil citations, seven miscellaneous criminal arrests, eight designated drivers, one misdemeanor DUI arrest, one extreme DUI arrest, and three misdemeanor DUI drugs arrests, The blood alcohol content on the alcohol related DUI arrests was 0.155. The three remaining DUI arrests were drug related and required blood draws.

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!