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UPDATE: Local sobriety checkpoint nets arrests

Troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, assisted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Bellefontaine Police Department, arrested a local driver during a sobriety checkpoint operated Saturday night on south Main Street in Bellefontaine.

Aron Vanover, 32, of Bellefontaine, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs after he attempted to pass through the checkpoint.

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A trooper of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrests and handcuffs Aron Vanover, 32, of Bellefontaine, during a weekend sobriety checkpoint on south Main Street. PHOTO | OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

Some 210 vehicles passed through the Ohio Department of Transportation-funded checkpoint, which was in operation from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Increased patrols by participating law enforcement agencies during the checkpoint, troopers said, also aided in a felony arrest for possession of a controlled substance. Kandale L. Harrison, 37, of Columbus, was charged with possession of cocaine and driving without a valid license. He was booked in the Logan County Jail.

There have been 153 crashes involving impaired drivers in Logan County during the past two years, troopers report.

U.S. Route 68 — including Main Street — had the third highest amount of crashes involving impaired drivers, behind U.S. Route 33 and State Route 235.

The checkpoint location also was selected in an effort to deter underage drinking and driving during Saturday’s Bellefontaine High School prom festivities.

Earlier Saturday, about 111 cars went through a similar checkpoint on Industrial Parkway in Union County. No arrests were reported there.

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