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Police make eight DUI arrests
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McMinnville Police Department made eight arrests for driving under the influence during the last two weeks of 2013, which could make 2014 a little less enjoyable for those involved.
“Of the eight DUI arrests made from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1, two of those were made during a saturation patrol,” said police Lt. Mark Mara.
The department conducted two saturation patrols — one Dec. 27, with those statistics having already been released and published in an earlier edition of the Southern Standard, and a second Dec. 31.
On the last day of the year, the department made 16 vehicle stops, wrote 13 citations, and issued five warnings. The citations included speeding, reckless driving and no insurance.
A saturation patrol is an extra set of officers on the street at one time actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops when hazardous driving is observed.
“We had an extra nine officers working the saturation patrols and they worked 16 hours of overtime per event,” said Mara. “It was a very successful saturation patrol.”
Operation “Be A Survivor: Get A Designated Driver” receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to pay the overtime of officers.