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No DUI arrests made during Super Bowl
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Super Bowl Sunday’s saturation patrol was a success as far as there being no DUI-related events, according to McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara.
“It was very successful. McMinnville had no DUI-related accidents and no DUI-related arrests. So, it was a great accomplishment for the police department and for citizens getting designated drivers,” said Mara.
The city coordinated its effort with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department with both departments having officers working overtime looking specifically for impaired drivers.
What seems like a lull in the saturation effort was not, says Mara.
“We had three hit-and-run accidents that night and we helped with those. We also helped look for the individual who robbed Sonic. We didn’t conduct as many traffic stops, so we tried to help with manpower issues.”
Dairy Queen coupons were available to those who were pulled over. The coupons are for ice cream cones and are distributed to drivers stopped during saturation patrols whose children are properly restrained. None of the stops involved children.
The date of the next saturation patrol has not been announced.
McMinnville Police Department receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office for saturation patrols.