July 23, 2016

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Wadsworth sobriety checkpoint nets arrests for drunken driving

WADSWORTH — A sobriety checkpoint conducted Friday netted one suspected drunken driver and nearby “saturation patrols” resulted in two more arrests.

The Medina County OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint in the 700 block of High Street, Wadsworth.

Officers checked 244 cars. Nine cars were diverted for further investigation, resulting in one OVI arrest after the driver submitted to a breath test that showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.091. The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08.

Another driver was cited for expired operator’s license.

The saturation patrols resulted in one arrest of a driver suspected of driving drunk. In addition, Montville Township police’s K-9 unit seized a suspected narcotic. No one was charged, pending the results of lab tests.

A Wadsworth police officer on patrol near the checkpoint stopped a vehicle, which resulted in the arrest of a man for driving despite a license restriction and potential charges of felony drug possession and drug paraphernalia.

Police officers from Wadsworth, Brunswick, Hinckley, Montville, Brunswick Hills and Medina Township participated in the checkpoint. Troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol conducted saturation patrols in the area.

The checkpoint was the sixth one conducted by the task force for this grant year, which began Oct. 1, 2013.

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