St. Patrick's Day weekend checkpoint reports arrests at NW 18 and N Classen Boulevard
A St. Patrick's Day weekend checkpoint netted a number of arrests at NW 18 Street and N Classen Boulevard, law officers reported.
But the use of rideshare services also appeared to be on the rise during the popular holiday for drinking.
From Saturday night to Sunday morning, at least seven arrests were made at the Oklahoma City checkpoint. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office's ENDUI Oklahoma efforts targeted intoxicated drivers in Oklahoma City and Norman.
Cody McDonell, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office communications manager, said law officers noticed that many people decided to hire drivers.
"We did have a very large number of Uber/Lyft drivers and designated drivers. We’d much rather see those than drunk drivers in the checkpoint," he said.
McDonell said the total number of arrests from Oklahoma City and Norman will be available early this week.
A driver tried to avoid the checkpoint at NW 18 and N Classen by backing up and driving the wrong way on N Western Avenue, but he was arrested nearby.
"One driver did some maneuvers and ended up going south on Western. which is a one-way. Once troopers and deputies caught up to him, they suspected he was driving under the influence and placed him under arrest," McDonell said.
The final numbers won’t be compiled for a few days, but there were at least 7 DUI arrests made at and around this checkpoint in OKC. We saw more riedshare drivers than ever before, THANK YOU to those who planned ahead and had a sober ride home! @OHPDPS @OkCountySheriff #ENDUIOK pic.twitter.com/Y2fyx8BXXj— ENDUI Oklahoma (@enduiok) March 17, 2019