UPDATE: Law enforcement steps up impaired driving enforcement

Area law enforcement agencies logged two arrests Friday during a local OVI sobriety checkpoint conducted east of Russells Point



Ryan Stanley, a trooper with the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, talks with a motorist Friday during an OVI sobriety check point staged by regional law enforcement agencies along State Route 366 just west of Township Road 94 near Russells Point. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)


Troopers of the Marysville and Wapakoneta posts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the Washington Township and Russells Point police departments staged the sobriety checkpoint on State Route 366 just west of Township Road 94.

The Ohio Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation also had a presence. 

The initiative is part of law enforcement’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which continues through Labor Day weekend emphasizing stopping impaired drivers.

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving during the three-hour enforcement. 

About 8:30 p.m. Friday a driver reportedly traveling westbound on State Route 366 crossed the center line turning left onto Township Road 94, and was stopped in the vicinity of Russells Point. 

A second motorist was stopped passing through the checkpoint shortly before 11 p.m.

Law enforcement officers reported Friday they do not issue minor misdemeanor tickets for offenses like seat belt violations or broken headlights during these check points. Only suspected impaired driving yields a stop.

A total of 256 vehicles went through the checkpoint by 11 p.m.