July 25, 2016

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Four arrested at Saturday’s sobriety checkpoint in Medina Twp.

Saturday’s OVI checkpoints, conducted in Medina Township by the Ohio Highway Patrol, netted four arrests among 434 vehicles stopped.

The first checkpoint was 9:40 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Route 42 north of Fenn Road.

Police checked 209 cars and pulled three to the side.

One arrest was for driving under suspension and another was for operating a vehicle impaired.

The operation then moved to state Route 18, west of Interstate 71.

Police checked 225 cars and pulled six over for more investigation.

Two of the six cars stopped netted two arrests for driving under suspension.

Police also spanned out across the area to find drivers suspected of driving while intoxicated and arrested three.

Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post, said OVI checkpoints are used as a deterrent to get people to not drink and drive.

“In 2014, there have been four fatal crashes, with two of the four being drugs or alcohol related,” he said.

“State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” he said.

Besides the patrol, police officers from Montville Township, Wadsworth and Brunswick participated in the checkpoints.

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