More than 1,000 caught in NC drunk driving effort

CHARLOTTE, NC(AP)– Law enforcement officials in North
Carolina say more than 1,000 people were arrested during the
state’s weeklong St. Patrick’s Day “Booze It and Lose It”

The Charlotte Observer reported that officials say 1,013 people
were charged during the crackdown by police, sheriff’s deputies and
the North Carolina Highway Patrol between March 11 and 17.

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti says he
thinks the campaign saved “countless” lives.

Mecklenburg County had the largest number of arrests with 124.
Wake County was second with 94.

Officials say they also arrested 490 fugitives and recovered two
dozen stolen vehicles.

The campaign included both checkpoints and “saturation
patrols,” where large numbers of officers focus on specific parts
of a highway.

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