City checkpoints net 2 DUI arrests

Posted: December 11, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A weekend sobriety checkpoint yielded the city two DUI arrests — the same number from a checkpoint in August.

Winchester Police Department spokesperson Lauren Cummings said there will be extra patrols on duty throughout the holiday season.

“The police department has a no tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving,” she said.

The checkpoint over the weekend was conducted after 9 p.m. at Millwood and Berryville avenues, Cummings said.

In addition to the two DUI arrests, there were 21 citations issued for traffic violations, two arrests for possession of marijuana and one citation issued for an open alcoholic container inside a vehicle.

The Aug. 3 checkpoint resulted in 22 citations issued for traffic violations.

Robert Sencindiver Jr., 23, and Jeremy Miller, 31, were arrested Saturday for the DUI charges.

According to a media release, Sencindiver’s blood-alcohol level was found to be two times Virginia’s legal limit.

The legal limit to operate a vehicle for a person 21 or older is 0.08 percent.

Cummings said the department receives an annual traffic study grant from the Department of Motor Vehicles that allows them to perform a certain number of hours of checkpoints each month.

She added that safety is a top priority all year, but especially during the holidays and encouraged residents to drink responsibly.

“If you are attending a holiday party and will be consuming alcohol, be sure to designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin,” she said.

Cummings also encouraged people to give a safe ride to friends and loved ones as a holiday gift.

“The Winchester Police Department will have checkpoints in place throughout the month to ensure drivers are obeying the law,” she warned.

As always, she added, residents should be aware of their surroundings, trust their instincts and remember to lock the doors to their cars and homes.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com