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Saturation patrol nets two DUI arrests
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A saturation patrol conducted last weekend netted two DUI arrests and provided 16 free Dairy Queen ice cream coupons to properly restrained children.
The patrol was a coordinated effort between McMinnville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
“We had no DUI-related accidents,” said McMinnville Police Department Lt. Mark Mara. “Tennessee Highway Patrol and Warren County Sheriff’s Department each made one DUI arrest while they were working the saturated patrol.”
The city department helped with THP’s seatbelt checkpoint. Officers handed out 16 Dairy Queen ice cream coupons to individuals who had children in the vehicle who were properly restrained.
Mara says during Friday night’s saturation patrol, his department conducted more than two dozen traffic stops.
“We conducted 25 vehicle traffic stops during the night,” said Mara. “We wrote 12 tickets that night and issued 13 warnings. Of those, five were seatbelt citations and five were warnings for not wearing seatbelts. For those who obeyed the law, we give them a pat on the back.”
McMinnville Police Department’s Operation “Be A Survivor: Get A Designated Driver” receives funding from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.