11 arrests made during Sidney police saturation patrol

The Ohio Highway Patrol post in Piqua announced results from its latest OVI checkpoint, held Saturday night into Sunday morning on Ohio 47 near Lester Road.

A total of 176 vehicles were checked driving through the checkpoint between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. Saturday.

While three drivers were diverted from the checkpoint and checked for impairment, none of those drivers were arrested, according to Lt. Joseph Gebhart in a release.

Several arrests were made during a saturation patrol that was held in the area through 3 a.m. Sunday, by troopers and Sidney police officers.

During that time, 45 traffic contacts were made — with several arrests made.

One person was arrested for operating a vehicle impaired, one for driving under a suspended license, one for no driver’s license, seven for traffic violations, and one for safety belt usage. Another 35 motorists were issued warnings for various traffic and vehicle equipment infractions, according to Gebhart.

“At the end of the evening, our ultimate goal is just to educate motorists to do the right thing and make other arrangements if they are going to consume alcohol,” Gebhart said. “There is no place for impaired driving on our roadways and the public supports the efforts of these men and women out here tonight making their community safer.”

EARLIER REPORT (June 11)

An OVI checkpoint starts at 9 p.m. on state Route 47, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post announced today.

The sobriety check will last through 1 a.m. Sunday, and also will include a police presence near the checkpoint to “aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes,” troopers said. By law, checkpoints must be announced ahead of time.

The checkpoint, funded through federal grants, is designed to deter and intercept drivers operating a vehicle under the influence and is a partnership between the highway patrol and Sidney Police Department.