The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, August 31, 2018 near the intersection of Washington Avenue and S. St. James Boulevard. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department participated. A total of 38 vehicles were diverted from Washington Avenue into the checkpoint.
The checkpoint ran from 11:00pm to 2:00am. One motorist was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated after entering the checkpoint. Another motorist was cited for Possession of Marijuana and released. Another motorist was released after being cited for Never Receiving a License and Improper Use of a Transport License Plate. A total of eight (8) traffic citations were issued, including two (2) for Violation of a Learner Permit. A 13-year-old juvenile driving a vehicle without permission was stopped after trying to avoid the checkpoint by driving the wrong way on S. St. James Blvd. The juvenile was released to a guardian and will be referred to Youth Resources Vanderburgh County Teen Court.
Motorists who had not been drinking and in possession of a valid license were back on the road in less than 90 seconds. Motorists who had been drinking were checked for signs of impairment and given the option to find alternate transportation if their breath alcohol content approached the legal limit.
Funding for local sobriety checkpoint operations is provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Previously: Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for this Weekend
Christopher Charles Wischer (pictured above), 47, of Newburgh. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated .15 BAC or More as a Class A Misdemeanor