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Police pop 18 for DUI, task force continues over weekend

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Police pop 18 for DUI, task force continues over weekend

Tucson police arrested 18 drivers for DUI at a Thursday night checkpoint near downtown, said Sgt. Chris Andreacola in a news release.

The Tucson Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the intersection of East 6th Street and North Jacobus Avenue, near Tucson High School.

During the deployment, 18 TPD officers checked 683 drivers. Sixteen arrests for misdemeanor DUI were made, while two drivers were arrested for felony DUI. Two of those arrested were under age 21, Andreacola said.

Five of the 18 DUI arrests were also charged with extreme DUI for having an alcohol concentration above 0.150 BAC. The average BAC for those arrested was 0.130 BAC. In addition to the DUI-related arrests, officers issued 82 other citations, contacted 33 designated drivers and impounded seven vehicles.

The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force will continue its deployment over the Cinco de Mayo weekend. Agencies in the task force include the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sheriff's Department, Marana Police Department, Nogales Police Department, Oro Valley Police Department, Pima College Police Department, Sahuarita Police Department, South Tucson Police Department, Tucson Airport Authority Police Department, University of Arizona Police Department, the National Park Service and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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