DWI checkpoint results in five arrests
The Southwest Missouri Driving While Intoxicated Task Force conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Barry County on Saturday night.
Host agencies for the crackdown effort were the Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Monett Police Department. Officers from the Carterville, Carthage and Joplin police departments and deputies from the Lawrence County and Jasper County sheriff's offices also participated.
The checkpoint was located on Highway 37 north of Farm Road 2022. Officers arrested four for driving while intoxicated arrests and one for drug possession. In addition, there were 12 other summonses issued, including one for no vehicle insurance, five for no drivers license, one for driving while revoked and five for child safety seat violations.
"I welcome this joint effort between my office, the Monett Police Department and the Southwest Missouri DWI Task Force in making the roads safer by stopping drunk drivers," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.
A total of 182 vehicles passed through the checkpoint during its operation.
The checkpoint received support from Monett 911 Communications, the Jasper/Newton County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Monett Farm Pro.
"Drunk driving is simply not worth the consequences," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "Our departments encourage all drivers to make the smart choice; don't drink and drive."
Cases arising from the checkpoint have been turned over to the Barry County Prosecutor's Office. Funding for the DWI checkpoint was provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation's Division of Highway Safety.