Saturday, November 27, 2010


Elyria – Working off a grant titled “High Visibility Enforcement” by the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety, Elyria Police Officers and State Troopers set up an OVI Checkpoint Friday night on Lake Ave near the Elyria Police Station.

Just minutes after the traffic cones and signs were set up the Checkpoint nabbed its first OVI arrest. In total 414 cars passed through the Checkpoint, 5 were arrested for driving drunk and one was cited for Open Container.

One of the people arrested turned onto West from Broad Street and after noticing the sign alerting drivers to the Checkpoint he made a right turn onto Kerstetter Way. The man then made a left turn into the parking lot of the Police Station. He drove through the lot around the station and ended up at the driveway leading out of the parking lot right into the Checkpoint with the Commander of Post 47, Lt. Travis Hughes standing in front of him. Hughes said he first thought it was a Police Dispatcher and he signaled to the SUV asking if they wanted to turn left or right out of the lot. When the vehicle didn’t move Hughes approached and smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from inside – at this point he had the man step out. The man agreed to a field sobriety test but was unable to stand without assistance so he was taken to the trailer for further tests which he refused. He was cited for OVI.

The Checkpoint was shut down just before midnight and the Officers and Troopers took to the roadways looking for impaired drivers. A State Trooper arrested one on Route 57 near Chestnut after he clocked him driving in excess of 100 MPH.

About 90 minutes after the Checkpoint shut down is when the crash on Poplar Street occurred. The driver of the Chevy Malibu informed Officers and Troopers that he had been drinking and that he was driving approximately 60 MPH on the 35 MPH posted street.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only five? They should do these in that area every weekend! Great work EPD! Its appreciated.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Brian Stanley said...

Sooooooooooo UNCONSTITIONAL, People, please wake up an not be sheeple. The supreme court has ruled this uncostitional but we'll let it go on for the people. We are being handled like cattle. YOU HAVE RIGHTS please remember this. Brian Stanley

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wwhy would the dumb ass wanna go right by the police station anyways that what they get comman sence.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the law states that a public notice must be issued and that warning signs must be posted before the check point. You also have the right not to drink and drive.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian, The Supreme Court in 'Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz' (1990) ruled them to be constitutional, by a 6-3 vote.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Anonymous, all you need to do is read the the fourth and forteenth amendment from the constitution. These are God given rights, not goverment!

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they do. A check point dowmtown by vics I bet that would help clean up that area if they do it often enough

10:03 AM  

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