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Halloween checkpoint lands more than a dozen in jail


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- You'll probably notice abandoned cars along Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway this morning. It's the aftermath of a big Halloween checkpoint organized by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Several agencies assisted the Sheriff's Office in their effort to keep dangerous drivers off the road. In all, they handed out 67 charges in the early morning hours. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says 16 people were arrests. Charges include 14 DWIs, including one under the age of 21, and seven drug offenses. There was also one weapon violation.

The Sheriff's Office typically sets up checkpoints around town for big holidays and other events during which they suspect there will be a higher number of drunk drivers on the streets.

Four people were charged with open container, nine for not have a driver license, seven for driving while their license was revoked and 13 for not wearing a seat belt.

Wilmington Police, Carolina Beach Police, Wrightsville Beach Police, NC State Ports Authority Police, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Columbus County Sheriff's Office and Whiteville Police all helped in the checkpoint.

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