Halloween checkpoint leads to dozens of charges

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Submitted: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 12:35pm
Updated: Wed, 11/02/2011 - 12:04am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some Halloween partiers got a spook when they got caught in a DWI checkpoint last night at 15th and Market Streets in Wilmington. The sting resulted in more than 60 charges, according to Barb Lynch with the group Justice in Motion.

Lynch says officers arrested 13 people for driving while impaired and one more for driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21. Three people were charged with driving while license revoked. Officers found 46 other charges, including underage alcohol consumption, no operators license and drug possession, at the checkpoint as well.

Lynch says Wilmington Police hosted the “Booze It & Lose It” checkpoint, which was part of a statewide effort to crack down on drunk driving during Halloween. Wrightsville Beach PD, Carolina Beach PD, Oak Island PD, Highway Patrol and the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Offices also participated.


  • Phillyguy says:

    Saw that and took Castle st instead! Lol no alcohol for me yesterday so no worries! I was hopped up after eating four cupcakes, candy and cookies for most of the evening;)

  • Guest20 says:

    Good job, guys! Thank you for helping to make our streets safer. I hope you do it more often.

  • uncle sam says:

    Constitution Amendment Article IV
    Is being violated and if we the people don’t push back we will loose all our freedoms and land to the Government. Don’t be fooled these pleasant acting police care more about the government policies than the people they are trapping.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    about obeying the law. In the absence of civil obedience to laws which apply to all of us, you have anarchy.

    If one chooses to drink & drive, maintain drugs, or perform other unlawful acts, then they should pay the penalty.

    Considering the neighborhood, and the number of children who were likely out last night, the police did their job.

  • MrSparky says:

    Please clarify your comments.. Are you suggesting we should allow impaired drivers to roam our streets? My daughter was killed by an impaired driver. Were her rights “violated”? I agree that the powers of our government should be limited, but I can’t see how anyone should have a problem getting these people off of our streets.

  • Guest867530 says:

    I guess you have never had a family member or friend injured/killed by a drunk driver.

  • Another Uncle Sam says:

    Don’t like it? You can always buy a one way ticket anywhere else. You have that freedom.

    Those “pleasant acting police” are from here, have families here, and care about the community we all live in. They were out over this weekend, some with children at home, they’ll be out over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah also. I appreciate them getting dirtballs off the street and from behind the wheel. Hats off to them, and a big thank you.

  • Guester says:

    Perhaps someone needs to remind you that driving is a privilege earned and not an inalienable right.

  • Guest20 says:

    Article 4: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    The key word here is UNREASONABLE searches. I believe a search is reasonable when failure to search would affect the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness I could be deprived of, if a drunk driver slams into me.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Try researching one legal concept and one case: “Search incidental to a lawful arrest” and Terry v. Ohio.

    There are about three or four ways that police can lawfully search a motor vehicle or a person without a search warrant.

  • Phillyguy says:

    I don’t think our rights were violated by the cops taking a typical numb skull off the road who probably pilled up, went to the bar, had 5 shots and six drinks then got behind the wheel at the same time we were coming home after family night at my dads house. Too many innocent people killed in our area by drunk drivers. To law enforcement …you need to do Booze it and loose it every weekend at unannounced locations and thank you for your service and taking idiot drunks off our streets one at a time!

  • Guest9743 says:

    I agree with you 100% Phillyguy, whatever it takes get these damn drunks of the road and I would take it even a step further, have DWI check points midweek as well as on weekends!!

  • Guest20 says:

    Are you the same “Phillyguy” who posted this at the bottom of this article?

    “Saw that and took Castle st instead! Lol no alcohol for me yesterday so no worries! I was hopped up after eating four cupcakes, candy and cookies for most of the evening;)”

    If so, your two posts sound like they are in direct contrast to each other.

  • Guest23423 says:

    Anyone who believes this is about safety and not about the state making money is delusional.

  • Guest3 says:

    Yes, Lord please…let me be delusional.

  • Guest20 says:

    And anyone who believes this is about money and not about saving lives is dumb enough to think “getting lucky” is finding a penny on the ground.

  • guesty says:

    I hate those scooters! The riders will block up a lane until they come up to a red light. Then they will get over to the right edge where they are supposed to be so they can ride up to the front of the line. Then when traffic starts moving they move out and block the lane again. Since they are on the road, they should be mandated to have both a license plate and insurance.

  • Guest154 says:

    Driving 100 mph in Wilmington is illegal, fyi!

  • Guest2012 says:

    Thanks to law enforcement, they got ‘some’ of the imbiciles off the road who still are so dumb that they get behind the wheel and drive home drunk. Alcohol is the ONLY thing that they have in their pittiful lives. How pathetic!
    Now they will have a scooter so that drivers can ZIP by them at 100mph and hopefully give them a heart attack!


  • GuestBC says:

    I agree. If they are allowed to be on the road then they should have to have a plate and insurance. I seem to get stuck behind at least 2 per week and it drives me crazy. I don’t think they should be allowed to be on the road at all unless they can do the speed limit!!

  • GuestBC says:

    I don’t care if the check points are set up to make the state money or not. I am very happy to know that they do it and take people off the roads that are drinking and driving, or high as a kite, or driving without a license because they might have had a few DUI’s in the past. THANK YOU FOR GETTING THEM OFF THE ROADS!! I have 2 girls, 1 that is driving. I want the roads safer for her…

  • Phillyguy says:

    Did not intend to Contradict with my two post…was coming down Market Monday evening and saw what looked like alot of police activity in front of New Hanover and thought it was some sort of accident so cut over 16th then Castle to bypass. Did not know it was a Dui check point until I saw it on News 3 The next day. Made a joke about being hopped up on sugar because I had candy, cupcakes, a sub from HT, Dr pepper …no booze or drugs. Second post was reiterating that I had my fam in the car and after seeing it was a checkpoint, I was grateful that law enforcement were taking these drunks off the road that could have crashed and killed you, me, the kids still walking around or themselves. Hope that clears it up some.

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