Bethlehem police at a DWI checkpoint on Route 9W just north of Corning Hill on Thursday, June 8. (Photo by Tom Heffernen Sr.)
Police arrested 10 people in Albany County during a multi-agency, unannounced DWI checkpoint sweep on Thursday, June 8, just as the summer’s outdoor free concert season was getting into full swing.
According to District Attorney P. David Soares, more than 2,500 people were stopped and screened resulting in:
-Two arrests for DWI including one under Leandra’s Law because the woman had a 4-month-old in the vehicle.
-Three arrests for DWAI by drugs.
-Four arrests for unlawful possession of marijuana.
-One arrest for an open warrant for a previous offense.
-Eight people who indicated they were the evening’s designated driver.
“The goal of these sobriety checkpoints is two-fold – to encourage the public to make smart choices by planning ahead before enjoying a night out, in addition to letting the public know that law enforcement in Albany County will be out there day and night to keep our roadways safe,” Soares said in a statement.
On June 8, Albany hosted the summer’s first Alive at Five, Troy had Brown’s Summer Sessions and Cohoes hosted Rock the block.
Agencies who participated included the Albany County Sherriff’s Office, New York State Police, and police departments from Bethlehem, Colonie, Green Island and Watervliet.