The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, March 02, 2018 near the intersection of N. First Avenue and Lohoff Avenue. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department participated. A total of 70 vehicles were diverted from N. First 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 with multiple past convictions for driving on a suspended license was arrested for Operating while License Suspended with Prior Conviction after entering the checkpoint. Two other motorists were stopped outside the checkpoint after committing moving violations. One was arrested for driving without a license and two writs of attachment, the other was cited for Possession of Marijuana and released.

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: March Dangerous & Impaired Driving Enforcement Blitz will include DUI Checkpoint


Jacob Alan Beshear (pictured above), 24, of Evansville. Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated as a Class C Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana as a Class B Misdemeanor, Possession of a Scheduled Substance as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia as a Class C Misdemeanor, Open Container as a Class C Infraction

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